New Leash on Life teaches inmates to train unadoptable dogs, giving both a better future

Training For A Better Life – The Philadelphia Citizen

Prison rarely changes one’s life for the better. That much we know to be true. The Bureau of Justice Statistics found that about three quarters of former inmates are re-arrested within five years of their parole.

Norwegian delegation visits five Pennsylvania prisons

From Norway, Pennsylvania’s prisons appear cruel and unusual

As metal gates swung open and then shut behind him, Are Høidal, the warden of Norway’s Halden prison, peered down the long, echoing main corridor of the State Correctional Institution-Chester, a medium-security prison a half-hour outside Philadelphia. Coming from what has been called the world’s most humane prison, Høidal said practices here in Pennsylvania can at times seem unaccountably harsh.

Successful compassionate-release petitions are exceedingly rare and excruciatingly slow

He stole a $1 lemonade, smoked pot – then nearly had to die in prison

Twenty-four hours a day for 10 weeks, inmates in maroon uniforms with “D.O.C.” stamped on the backs held a death vigil over Frank Rodriguez. His colon cancer was terminal, but he refused to die – not behind the barbed wire and bars of Graterford Prison.

This week: Inmates helping inmates, helping women through reentry and more

This week:

• Can a fake court help high-risk Pennsylvania parolees?
• ‘What do you need to thrive back in your community?’
• Van Jones’ We Rise tour visits Philadelphia
• Pennsylvania training mentally ill inmates to help others on the cellblock

Read it now: The Reentry Project Weekly: August 11, 2017

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Peer support serves vital need in Pennsylvania prisons

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Pennsylvania training mentally ill inmates to help others on the cellblock

Way up in Northeastern Pennsylvania near the New York state border, SCI Waymart houses the state’s most seriously mentally ill prisoners – those serving time while suffering with schizophrenia, major depression and other disorders. If you go through the metal detectors and down a winding series of hot, echoing hallways in the Wayne County prison, eventually, you’ll find a classroom.

Stories of healthcare during incarceration

The Beyond the Walls: Prison Healthcare and Reentry Summit brings together the communities that are affected by the parallel crises of HIV and mass imprisonment. These are the stories of those affected by the prison healthcare system.

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