New statewide effort launched to help former prisoners stay free

Wolf, Shapiro tout program to help prisoners re-enter society

HARRISBURG – State officials are launching the first statewide council to help former prison inmates navigate the challenges of finding housing, work and health care as they adjust to life outside bars. – Sarah Mearhoff, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News

ACLU voter-education campaign employs formerly incarcerated people

Can this group of former offenders swing the Philly DA race?

For Robert Goode, the Philadelphia district attorney campaign feels personal. After all, the 39-year-old Mount Airy man has acquired an intimate knowledge of how prosecutors can shape citizens’ lives – starting with his first arrest on drug charges at age 28, and continuing up until this March, with a case that lingered for seven months before it was dismissed.

Panelists pointed to lack of jobs and stable, long-term housing

Advocates ask for more reentry efforts in Phila.

Of the 2,000 juveniles serving life sentences around the United States, 500 come from Pennsylvania and 300 come directly from here. That means the city has produced 15 percent of the country’s so-called “juvenile-lifers.” The Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project (YSRP) is working to change that.

Helen Ubiñas checks in with Colwin Williams

Taking stock of life outside of prison during National Reentry Week

I can’t help but smile while Colwin Williams talks about wanting a speed bump on the West Philly street where he and his family just moved. There are a lot of children in the neighborhood, including his own 2-year-old, Aisha. That was part of the attraction to the place.