Prison reform advocate wants to increase civic engagement among formerly incarcerated voters

Returning citizens need political representation and Bill Cobb has a plan to make it happen – Generocity Philly

Bill Cobb is rather jovial for someone who has had his livelihood compromised by the criminal justice system for two decades. But don’t be fooled by his chipper spirit: It’s taken time and energy for the prison reform advocate to get to this point, and he means business.

The Reentry Blueprint will feature lighting talks from returning citizens

This TED-style event will share reentry stories and push for solutions – Generocity Philly

Let’s talk reentry. Last week we shared The Reentry Project’s PowerUp Reentry event, an October hackathon (aka “digital solutions day”) for folks working in the reentry community, as well as journalists and technologists ( RSVP here). The collaborative just announced another cool event for the following month.

Halfway Back introduces Jamel Workman

Welcome to the second episode of The Reentry Project’s Halfway Back audio series, which gives formerly incarcerated people a chance to tell their own stories.

Today, host Antionette Lee introduces us to Jamel Workman, a West Philadelphia man who is hoping to “clip” the cycle of recidivism. Listen now:

This occasional series is based on conversations with those who called into our Share your Story line or reached out to us at The Reentry Project directly. If you’d like to talk to us, please text “I have a story” or call us at (215) 821-9790.

You can also contact us on Twitter via: @ReentryUpdates

An event hosted by Redemption Housing challenges participants to experience the reentry process

Think you have what it takes to navigate life as a returning citizen? – Generocity Philly

The next couple of months are filling up with events that will shed light on some local solutions for the issue of reentry, including a hackathon bringing together different communities and a TED Talk-style event where you’ll get to hear directly from those formerly incarcerated.

This entrepreneur wants to help other returning people put their skills to work

Quaker City Coffee is betting that former drug dealers will make good entrepreneurs – Generocity Philly

“Around the Corner” is a PhillyCAM show that offers local social impact leaders the opportunity to share what impact their work is having on the Philadelphia area. There’s been a push recently in Philadelphia to make it easier for formerly incarcerated folks to find employment. See: Clean Slate legislation and “ban the box” efforts.


Generocity editor Julie Zeglen interviews Christian Dennis. Watch now:

Could you make it on the outside after years in prison?

The Citizen Recommends: Day One Challenge – The Philadelphia Citizen

“What would you do if you found yourself fresh out of prison, a social outcast in a strange city, with nowhere to lay your head?” This is the question reentry service organization Redemption Housing is posing in its first ever Day One Challenge , a three-hour immersion into the experience of a person recently released from prison.


Surviving Prison Reentry in Philadelphia – Day One Challenge from Redemption Housing on Vimeo.