Trying to survive on a $1 million block in Philadelphia

The Statistically Predictable and Wholly Tragic Story of Aquil Bickerstaff

It would be wrong to say Aquil Bickerstaff was destined to end up dead or in prison. But like all black men of his generation, the odds were stacked against him. When he was born in 1985, to a working-class family in North Philadelphia, he entered a world that was becoming increasingly hostile to him.

Neighborhood Films gives those convicted a role behind the scenes

Meet the Disruptors: Neighborhood Film Company

By the time Ricky Staub was 24 years old, he was living the Hollywood dream. Just a few years out of college, he was an assistant producer for Sam Mercer, who co-produced most of M. Night Shyamalan’s films, including The Sixth Sense. In 2007, Staub was with Mercer in Philadelphia, working with Shyamalan on The Last Airbender.

PA House votes on allowing those convicted of drug distribution to receive public benefits

Insider: the Practical Case for Helping Ex-Cons – Philadelphia Magazine

Monday, the House could vote to ban some drug felons from public benefits for life. You should care. Here’s why. (Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.) If you’ve never been to prison, it can be easy to dismiss the plight of those who have.

Transitioning to life after incarceration in Philadelphia

The struggle with life in Philly, after serving time in prison

Leroy “Beyah” Edney was 11 the first time he got locked up. Edney was at a Philadelphia rec center when an argument with another kid turned violent. It didn’t turn out so well for the other kid. Edney spent six months at a juvenile detention center as a result.

RETI-WRAP assists students from juvenile placement re-enter high school

Adjudicated youth

To increase the chances of a smooth transition, the District ended the process of returning adjudicated youth to regular classrooms in mid-semester. Instead, they will remain in an extended RETI-WRAP program, with a chance to earn credits, until the start of the next semester.

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