Previously incarcerated mother now burgeoning artist

Jobless, homeless, convict … but now she’s an award-winner

Mary Baxter, a single mother, is homeless, jobless, $40,000 in debt, and a convicted criminal. But, at age 35, she is also a burgeoning artist, accepted by the New York University Tisch Film School, the Art of Institute of Chicago, and the Moore College of Art; one of the faces of Sens.

This week: Inmates helping inmates, helping women through reentry and more

This week:

• Can a fake court help high-risk Pennsylvania parolees?
• ‘What do you need to thrive back in your community?’
• Van Jones’ We Rise tour visits Philadelphia
• Pennsylvania training mentally ill inmates to help others on the cellblock

Read it now: The Reentry Project Weekly: August 11, 2017

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Often called ‘Philadelphia re-entry court,’ it’s not a court at all

Can a fake court help high-risk Pennsylvania parolees?

Tanya Curtis’ path to re-entry from prison last year looked suspiciously like a dead-end road. She was broke, for one thing. She didn’t have a high school diploma or GED. She had a history of addiction, drug dealing, petty crime.

‘What do you need to thrive back in your community?’

After prison, Faith Bartley wants to help other women get a second chance

Still struggling herself to find housing, Bartley wants to ask other women returning from prison, ‘What do you need to thrive back in your community?’ Faith Bartley wants a home to call her own. Not just a rented room, but somewhere that can take her away from the community that she’s known all her life.

This week: Reentry infographic, expungement clinic, We Rise Tour, and solutions journalism

This week:

• Infographic addresses reentry in Philadelphia
• Inside a Philly criminal record expungement clinic
• Van Jones’s “We Rise Tour” visits Philadelphia
• Infusing journalism with solutions

Read it now: The Reentry Project Weekly: August 4, 2017

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With music and discussion, event focuses on scourge of mass incarceration

Van Jones’ We Rise tour visits Philadelphia

Political commentator and activist Van Jones’ We Rise Tour made a stop at The Fillmore Thursday night to lift the spirits of the City of Brotherly Love and to talk about the problem of mass incarceration. Through a partnership with RocNation, an entertainment company started by rapper JAY-Z, Jones on July 6 began a 14-city tour starting in Los Angeles.