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.
As he sat in the offices of the Center for Male Engagement at the Community College of Philadelphia on a recent weekday afternoon, David Coit vowed that he would not be going back to jail anytime soon. “Being in jail, that shit sucks, bro,” Coit said. “That’s like the closest thing to hell.
The Inside-Out Prison Exchange, which started with Temple University classes held in a Philadelphia county jail, has endured for two decades, expanded to about 150 correctional institutions and taught a total of 30,000 “inside” and “outside” students. – Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News
Civic technologists in Philadelphia are working with public servants, journalists and recently-paroled residents, among others, to collaborate on a hackathon that aims to reduce recidivism rates in the city by fostering the creation of related tech projects. The event, dubbed PowerUp Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day, is set to begin Friday, Oct.
On Thursday, public and private partners came together at the headquarters of the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union to announce a collaborative effort for a program to reduce recidivism, holding five simultaneous Financial Reality Fairs on October 14 in five cities: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Erie, and Reading.
“What would you do if you found yourself fresh out of prison, a social outcast in a strange city, with nowhere to lay your head?” This is the question reentry service organization Redemption Housing is posing in its first ever Day One Challenge , a three-hour immersion into the experience of a person recently released from prison.