This week: Life-saving bootcamp, event news and expanding our project

This week:

• ALERT! Please share your thoughts before time runs out
• Lancaster’s life-training bootcamp keeps people from returning to prison
• Solve Philly’s recidivism problem at this Reentry Project hackathon
• Lenfest Institute for Journalism announces $2 million in grants to support innovation in local journalism

Read it now: The Reentry Project Weekly: September 22, 2017

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Lenfest Institute grant will help expand The Reentry Project to become the Philadelphia Solutions Journalism Project

Lenfest Institute press release introduces the Philadelphia Solutions Journalism Project:

“This project is a collaboration of Philadelphia’s general interest, community and multicultural newsrooms to carry out solutions-oriented reporting and community engagement on critical issues facing the city. The project initially covered prisoner re-entry to society and now plans to expand the topics of its coverage. The grant will assist the news collaborative with its organizational capacity and strategic planning as well as its news coverage. Participating organizations include the Temple University Klein College of Media and Communication, The Philadelphia Citizen, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, philly.com, the Muhlenberg College Department of Media and Communication, Generocity, WHYY, PhillyCAM, The Philadelphia Tribune, El Zol Philly, WURD, El Sol, Billy Penn, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Next City.”

Read the full release:

Lenfest Institute for Journalism announces $2 million in grants to support innovation in local journalism, in Philadelphia and elsewhere

Lenfest Institute for Journalism announces $2 million in grants to support innovation in local journalism, in Philadelphia and elsewhere PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 21, 2017) – The Lenfest Institute for Journalism today announced $2 million in grants to support innovation in local journalism, both in its home city of Philadelphia and elsewhere in the country.

Hackathon to focus on reentry and we want you there

Solve Philly’s recidivism problem at this Reentry Project hackathon – Generocity Philly

The Reentry Project is the coalition of 15 newsrooms, including Generocity, dedicated to reporting on reentry in Philadelphia. Why reentry? Because one in six Philadelphians has been incarcerated, and two-third of them will return to prison. That’s unacceptable. Next month, that coalition is hosting the first local hackathon focused on reentry.

Lancaster model reduces recidivism rate to 15 percent

Lancaster’s life-training boot camp keeps people from returning to prison

After nearly two decades in prison, Isaac Rivera was ready to remake himself. The 41-year-old from Lancaster served time after a 1997 arrest on assault and rape charges, but he felt that his violent past was behind him – if only he could find a way to jump-start his reinvention.

This week: Digital solutions, new podcast and important reporting

This week:

• PowerUp Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day
• Lancaster knows how to keep people out of jail, but it’s expensive
• Power-Up Reentry: Call for Ideas
• Halfway Back introduces Howard Butler
• How Philly plans to ditch cash bail and what stands in the way

Read it now: The Reentry Project Weekly: September 15, 2017

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Join us for Power­Up Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day

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Between 200,000 and 300,000 of our fellow Philadelphians have been incarcerated. That’s one out of every six people in Philadelphia, and about one in three adults in our city.

With little preparation and resources hard to find, successful reentry is a long, uphill battle. Sixty percent of people released from Pennsylvania prisons will be rearrested within three years.

What’s a ‘digital solutions day’ and who’s invited?

Otherwise known as a “hackathon,” this digital solutions day brings together communities that may otherwise not interact to work together on innovative solutions.

For this event, we want the participation of journalists, technologists and the Philadelphia reentry community, including formerly incarcerated people and those working with city agencies and other service providers to address the needs of this community.

When is this happening?

Friday October 20th and Saturday October 21st.

What’s the time commitment?

We’ll have a launch and social event Friday evening. Then, we will reconvene to work together throughout Saturday, culminating with presentations at the end of the day.

Location:

We’ll be meeting in Center City Philadelphia and we will have specific details soon.

What’s it gonna cost me?

Nothin’. Zero. Free for all participants. Plus, you get fed and might walk away with some swag too.

How do I sign up?

Click the button below.

Wait, who’s organizing this again?

This event is presented by The Reentry Project, a collaborative news initiative about the challenges of — and solutions to — prisoner reentry in Philadelphia. In partnership with The Reentry Coalition, the Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services and the Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation. Produced by Code for Philly.

The Reentry Project collaborative includes:

Billy Penn • Generocity • Next City • The Notebook • The Philadelphia Citizen • The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com • The Philadelphia Tribune • PhillyCam • PhillyMag • El Sol • WHYY Newsworks • WURD • El Zol • Klein College at Temple University • Muhlenberg College

p.s. Meanwhile: We need your invaluable insights to help us shape project ideas. Please come back and spend a few minutes with our Call for Ideas.