PCHR Commissioner Saadiq Jabbar Garner and Deputy Director Randy Duque joined Mayor Michael A. Nutter and an array of community and faith leaders on New Year’s Day for the annual Mayor’s Office Day of Observance.
Duque was one of 10 guest speakers at Curran Frohmhold Correctional Facility, answering questions and offering encouragement to some 100 inmates looking forward to beginning anew upon their return to society.
These visitations began with Mayor John F. Street, who wanted to offer hope to those interested in turning their lives around once they were released. Former Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr. also was among those opening the new year — and hopefully a new chapter — with those currently behind bars.
“Sharing information about what PCHR does, in terms of protecting civil rights and enforcing the city’s ‘Ban the Box’ law proved helpful,” Duque said. “These are individuals who may not otherwise get this valuable information. And this is information that literally could change the outcome of their lives.”