Reentry Stories: Returning citizens share their experiences

The Reentry Project and partnering news organizations set up “story booths” during two recent events in Philadelphia, and invited returning citizens to share their experiences with our community.

Staffers and volunteers from PhillyCam filmed while WHYY recorded audio. Reentry Project staffers helped interview participants. This short video was produced and edited by WHYY, with some help from PhillyCam.

These recording were captured after our recent panel discussion – “If These Walls Could Talk: Solving Reentry and Recidivism” – and at the Breaking Down Walls conference a few days earlier.

Until we host more story booths, you can also share your experiences and ideas with the community by leaving a message on our voicemail line. <Give it a try now.>

Philadelphia’s oldest teen lifer won’t seek parole

Philly’s oldest juvenile lifer resentenced, but is it too late?

“I was arrested in Philadelphia at the age of 15. I was in jail quite a few years,” said Joe Ligon, who recently turned 80 in prison. He’s eligible for parole – but will he apply after decades in an institution?

The Reentry Project wants to hear from you!

Have you or someone you know faced challenges transitioning from prison back into the community? Do you have an idea on how to solve those challenges?

Call our voicemail line at (215) 821-9790 and tell us your story.

We will share some of these stories with visitors to this site. So, please do not say your phone number or state any other confidential information.

Caller ID reveals your number to our editors but we won’t publish it.

Any phone will do but sound quality will be better if you could use a land line rather than mobile phone.

Thank you!

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

Hope Hall serves clients awaiting parole; addresses what may have landed them in prison

This Camden halfway house is reducing recidivism across the river

Hope Hall treats, houses and even employs ex-offenders. Eric Echevarria admits that he made some silly mistakes when he was young. He grew up in Camden, where he hung out with the wrong crowd. The drug dealers, he said, controlled everything and were idolized.