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.

This week: Lessons from “Women Unshackled,” another juvenile lifer resentenced and last chance to catch art exhibit

This week:

• The crowd at ‘Women Unshackled’ heard from Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris about problems and solutions
• Victim’s family attends alternative justice event
• Prisoner worked to redeem himself in eyes of victim’s family
• You can still catch “Rethinking Reentry Through Art” at Philadelphia City Hall

Read it now: The Reentry Project Weekly: July 28, 2017

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You can still catch “Rethinking Reentry Through Art” at Philadelphia City Hall

In City Hall art display, former inmates offer inside look at what’s needed on the outside…

Artwork by recently released prisoners is now on display inside Philadelphia City Hall. The hallways on its second and fourth floors are lined with paintings and sculptures by people who had been in prison – from amateurs wielding felt pens to trained artists with a studio practice.

Songs in the Key of Free: bringing music from prison to the public

‘Songs in the Key of Free’ helps prisoners find redemption through music

Redemption through music. This is the mission of Songs in the Key of Free, and organization that is showing solidarity with incarcerated individuals by bringing their voices, perspectives, and experiences to the public via song. It’s a collaboration with the SCI-Graterford Prison, The Curtis Institute of Music, and a handful of volunteers that help inmates realize their musical vision.

Mural Arts pairs with formerly incarcerated to share stories, art

New Philly mural features work by formerly incarcerated artists [Q&A]

“Artwork, I knew, was the one thing that they could not take from me.” One of the highlights of the Mural Arts Program’s new project is that it’s giving a voice to people who don’t normally have one. A mural created by two formerly incarcerated artists will be dedicated at 4 p.m.