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.

Intensive program reducing recidivism and stirring statewide conversation

Lancaster knows how to keep people out of jail, but it’s expensive

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.

We need your help: Let’s brainstorm!

Next month, The Reentry Project will host “Power-Up Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day.”

People from many backgrounds will come together to look for solutions to a variety of issues impacting reentry. But we need your help to make this event inspiring and effective. Please scroll down through the survey below and submit your ideas.

And remember, no idea is too big or too small!

Power-Up Reentry: Call for Ideas

The Reentry Project working with the Reentry Coalition is hosting Power-Up Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day this fall. We need your invaluable insights to help us shape project ideas and solutions for systemic change. Share your ideas for solutions and/or areas of opportunities.

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:

This occasional series is based on conversations with those who called into our Share your Story line or reached out to us at The Reentry Project directly. If you’d like to talk to us, please text “I have a story” or call us at (215) 821-9790.

You can also contact us on Twitter via: @ReentryUpdates

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.