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.
First person stories recorded on June 10th, 2017 during The Women in Re-entry event. Hosted by The People’s Paper Co-op at the Village of Arts and Humanities
Last month, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said something a lot of the previous inhabitants of his office would never have said. “For too long, we’ve relied solely on incarceration to prevent crime and violence,” he said at a press conference along with Governor Tom Wolf to announce the statewide Pennsylvania Reentry Council (PRC).
Above: The opening speakers at Tuesday night’s event have spent nearly 150 combined years in prison.
Dozens of community members turned out Tuesday night for The Re-Entry Film Festival, including a screening of “They Call Us Monsters” and a long discussion at The Rotunda in West Philadelphia.
An expert panel addressed questions and comments from the audience which included many returning citizens.
Reentry Project editor Jean Friedman-Rudovsky, right, listens as Hassam Freeman of Frontline Dads speaks on a panel addressing the needs of people returning home after incarceration. Also pictured are Pam Superville from Philadelphia’s Office of Reintegration Services (R.I.S.E.) and Johndi Harrell from the The Center for Returning Citizens.
Ivy Johnson spent 18 years in prison for killing someone in a fight and every day that death weighs on her. “To make amends I have to save another life,” she said. It wasn’t long ago that Johnson graduated from a 10-week program, Women Working for A Change,” that teaches women who have been in prison about self-esteem, active listening, healthy relationships and job preparation.
The fifth cohort of the Mothers in Charge “Women Working for a Change” program graduated during a ceremony Tuesday at the R2L Restaurant at Liberty Place in Center City Philadelphia. The program serves women returning to their communities after incarceration.is a Philadelphia based-violence prevention, education and intervention organization.
June is Reentry Awareness Month and The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com are part of the Philadelphia Reentry Reporting Collaborative, a solutions-oriented focus on issues facing people coming out of prison. The piece is part of an occasional series – across the region and across platforms – on the challenges of – and solutions to – prisoner reentry in Philadelphia.