Upworthy Presents: Philip Melendez's Journey

Upworthy Presents: Philip Melendez's Journey

Philip Melendez & his amazing daughter, Esperanza, recently met up with the Upworthy team to share their stories & shine a light on the much-needed conversation around violent crime, trauma, & the urgency for systemic reform. In working to improve public safety, we must include all who have been affected by crime & the justice system in solution-oriented discussions. Elevating the journeys of survivors of crime & incarcerated & formerly…

Violent offenders, often victims themselves, need more compassion and less punishment

Violent offenders, often victims themselves, need more compassion and less punishment

Our prison system is filled up with lifetimes of trauma & reform efforts have yet to truly confront issues of violence & victimization. The truth is that the majority of individuals in state prisons are carrying out sentences for violent crimes; yet, many are surviving as victims themselves. In this next era of reforms, in the name of humanity & public safety, there‚Äôs a question that must be explored:…