Halfway Back introduces Howard Butler

Today, The Reentry Project is launching Halfway Back, an audio series that gives formerly incarcerated people a chance to tell their own stories. The first episode, hosted by Emily Scott and Julie Christie, introduces listeners to Howard Butler, who struggled to find the adequate housing after release. Listen:

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Consensus brewing to end cash bail in Philadelphia

How Philly plans to ditch cash bail and what stands in the way

Democratic candidate for district attorney Larry Krasner has a plan to get rid of cash bail. He’s not the only game in town. Josh Glenn was just 16 when he was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, charged as an adult and thrown in a Philadelphia jail cell.

This week: Here’s what’s actually happening

This week:

• Malcolm Jenkins’ September Surprise
• Pennsylvania let 70 teen killers out of prison in the last year. Here’s what happened.
• Meet the Disruptor: Quaker City Coffee

Read it now: The Reentry Project Weekly: September 8, 2017

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Released lifers feeling extraordinary privilege and grave responsibility

Pennsylvania let 70 teen killers out of prison in the last year. Here’s what happened.

These are the first of 517 juvenile lifers in Pennsylvania, the largest such contingent in the nation, to be resentenced and released on parole following a Supreme Court decision that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for minors are unconstitutional. – Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News

Malcolm Jenkins wants you to really stare in the mirror and think

Malcolm Jenkins’ September Surprise – The Philadelphia Citizen

Last Friday night, local fashionistas, football aficionados and social justice warriors converged on the Center City restaurant Maison 208 for a party thrown by Jay Amin and Eagle All-Pro safety and activist Malcolm Jenkins, the co-owners of Washington Square’s Damari Savile, the bespoke men’s fashion store.

Partners pair up coffee with jobs

Meet the Disruptor: Quaker City Coffee – The Philadelphia Citizen

In some ways, Quaker City Coffee partners Bob Logue and Christian Dennis have lived parallel lives. Both men grew up in Frankford, developed keen eyes for supply and demand, and became entrepreneurs. For Logue, that meant becoming a partner in Federal Donuts and Bodhi Coffee, catering to the city’s foodie culture.