Photos: Business leaders discuss benefits of hiring formerly incarcerated people

This morning in Philadelphia, The Reentry Project hosted “Reentry: Hiring from an untapped pool,” a panel discussion about hiring formerly incarcerated people.

Panelists seated from left included Donna Allie, PhD, president and CEO of Team Clean, Jeff Brown, chief executive of Brown’s Super Stores Inc., Bob Logue, president of Quaker City Coffee and Beth Tiewater, director of development and programs of Baker Industries.

As representatives of local companies who frequently hire from the reentry pool, they spoke about why they do it, what the challenges are, and why they think other businesses could benefit.

The Philadelphia Media Network organized this gathering, which took place at the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.

Festival raising money to get parents home for the holidays

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“The unfairness of waiting in jail because you can’t pay your bail and it’s connected to a lot of the bigger things that we were thinking about this year,” said Andrew Yang, a principal member of Circle Mobilizing Because Black Lives Matter.

WHYY recaps #PowerUpReentry project demonstrations

At Philly reentry ‘hackathon,’ using tech to drive down recidivism

Jeff Abramowitz knows firsthand that the biggest problem confronting formerly-incarcerated people in Philadelphia is knowing where to go and how to get support once they leave the prison system. He’s been out of prison for more than two years and owns a workforce development agency.

Slide show: Here’s what our #PowerUpReentry hackathon looked like

Dozens of volunteers came together Friday night and Saturday for PowerUp Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day in an effort to create tools and services intended to support people through life after incarceration in Philadelphia.

We want to thank everyone who participated but especially our generous hosts including The Philadelphia Citizen at Industrious Philadelphia and Azavea, our opening night presenters from Mothers in Charge, our expert panelists, the team from Klein College at Temple and organizers from Code for Philly.

You can find preliminary media reports and social media coverage online now and updates on outcomes are coming soon.

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Live from #PowerUpReentry

PowerUp Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day took place on Friday and Saturday, October 20th and 21st in Philadelphia. Here’s a look back through social media:

Live from #PowerUpReentry (with images, tweets) · ReentryUpdates

PowerUp Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day is underway this weekend in Philadelphia. Stay tuned here for live social media updates. More info:

NBC10 checks out PowerUp Reentry opening night

A Hack-a-Thon to Curb Recidivism

Philadelphians who succeed in re-entering society after leaving the criminal justice system are better for public safety. To help achieve better outcomes, activists held a hack-a-thon Friday night to see how technology can help make these goals a reality. NBC10’s Drew Smith reports.