PowerCorps program key in helping formerly incarcerated man change life

How an Overbrook High grad went from jail time to a career in engineering

Paul Johnson talks about his time in the PowerCorps program and the motivation to get his life back on track Paul Johnson knows that it’s hard for people from the outside looking in to understand his story and his struggles. His life, he said, was never straightforward.

State legislators considering better guidelines for public school discipline

Pa. guidelines for school discipline may change

After learning about a 6-year-old autistic student who was put in handcuffs for biting his aide in 2013, Phoenixville parent Blake Emmanuel took action. Before she was through, a bipartisan legislative commission had investigated harsh disciplinary practices in schools and concluded that they negatively affect all students, but that children of color and those with disabilities are disproportionately affected.

Philadelphia to revamp its tax incentive to hire returning citizens

Why a $10,000 Philly tax break got almost no takers

Imagine if you offered a tax credit and nobody applied for it? That’s what happened in Philadelphia. Since 2008, the city has offered companies a $10,000 per year tax credit if they hired people with records. Few took it. Now the city’s trying something different.

‘Fair Chance’ will reimburse employers for hiring Philly ex-offenders

Philadelphia has a new initiative designed to put cash on the table instead of tax credits for city businesses that hire people with criminal records. Mayor Jim Kenney is urging businesses to take advantage of it. “There’s a lot of smart decent people there who took a wrong turn maybe can’t make bail,” he said Wednesday.

How Philly is revitalizing a widely unused tax credit program for hiring returning citizens – Generocity Philly

As it’s been made clear time and time again, finding a job is one of the most important factors that help those returning from prison to find success and avoid the hugely consequential problem of recidivism Philly is trying to tackle.