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.
The Reentry Project is the coalition of 15 newsrooms, including Generocity, dedicated to reporting on reentry in Philadelphia. Why reentry? Because one in six Philadelphians has been incarcerated, and two-third of them will return to prison. That’s unacceptable. Next month, that coalition is hosting the first local hackathon focused on reentry.
John Glenn and Aaron Kirkland say drug dealing often felt more promising than school Josh Glenn was first introduced to the world of drug dealing when he was 13. When he was working as a bagger at local grocery stores, someone from his West Philadelphia community approached him, asking if he would be interested in making “real money.”