Program created by incarcerated fathers at Graterford, for incarcerated fathers

Inside a Philadelphia Prison, a Parenting Movement Grows

On the morning of June 25, 2007, Sam, an inmate at Graterford – a maximum security prison less than an hour’s drive from Philadelphia – was feeling pretty good about himself. A few months earlier, he had participated in a first-of-its-kind telecast to more than 3,000 urban youth gathered together at Community College of Philadelphia.

After incarceration, North Philly man shares inspiration and advice

A contraband phone and Instagram helped former inmate, Wallo267, build his community

Wallace Peeples, better known as Wallo267 on social media, had been out of prison for all of 117 days when I met him, and already he had 50,000 followers on Instagram. A short item in the Times Herald reported back in 2014 that a Graterford prisoner was found with three cell phones, five chargers, five headsets, an iPod and a wireless hot spot.

Church provides support for formerly incarcerated

A Fairhill church is redemption central for ex-offenders

The sanctuary of Christ Centered Church is a small and spare 65-seater in a storefront in Philly’s Fairhill section, more than packed on Sundays for sermons and Bible studies that empathize with the members’ challenges without excusing the life choices they’ve made.