This month: A new art collaboration, free expungement clinics, families of incarcerated individuals and more

Parenting from inside prison walls

Barnes Foundation teams with Mural Arts’ re-entry program

Philadelphia Reentry Coalition has finally released cohesive recidivism data

New tool helps juvenile lifers navigate reentry to a dramatically different world

Volunteer lawyers help Philly offenders clear records and move forward

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The Reentry Project Monthly: March, 2018

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Restorative justice collaboration helps formerly incarcerated individuals make connections through art

Barnes Foundation teams with Mural Arts’ re-entry program – Philly

The Barnes Foundation has repurposed its ticketing gatehouse into an art studio for participants in Mural Arts’ Restorative Justice program. – Bethany Ao, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News

Philadelphia Assembled exhibit concludes with discussion on art and societal transformations

PHL Assembled collaborators on empowering marginalized communities through art – Generocity Philly

On Saturday evening, with a blanket of fresh snow transforming the face of Philly, three Philadelphia Assembled collaborators and A Blade of Grass fellows Black Quantum Futurism and Reentry Think Tank discussed art and societal transformations.

Music program inside Graterford needs funding; raises reform questions

Americans want fewer prisoners. What’s art have to do with it? – Generocity Philly

A unique year-old pilot music program inside Pennsylvania’s largest prison needs funding to keep going. Its early success and relationship with the state offers a look inside our appetite for – and the limits of – a new kind of criminal justice reform.

Story helps children express feelings about incarcerated loved ones

Book explores how kids cope with parents in prison

Nearly 3 million children in the U.S. have a parent in jail or prison. Local author Becky Birtha is hoping her new children’s book, “Far Apart, Close in Heart,” will help those kids express how they’re feeling – and teach their friends and classmates what it’s like to have a parent behind bars.

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.