Kensington church offers bible study, boxing lessons and alternatives to the street

Fists, faith and Rock Ministries: Kensington’s boxing church under the El

You can hear the man from the stairs. He calls out “Xanny! Percs!” as the El above him pulls away. He is thin, wearing a red sweatshirt. A small tattoo is etched above his left cheek. His corner is Somerset and Kensington, in plain view of a SEPTA Transit Police car across the street.

Philadelphia Reentry Coalition announces #RethinkingReentry Call for Artwork


From the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition:

This June and July, the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition is hosting an exhibit in City Hall and we want to showcase your artwork! The exhibit will feature art created by people who have been incarcerated and experienced reentry firsthand.

All exhibited artwork will be chosen by a group of men and women in reentry from across the city.

More info: philadelphiareentrycoalition.org

Philadelphia prison populations are declining; reformers say more to come

Has a bold reform plan helped to shrink Philly’s prison population?

Back in January, Municipal Court Judge Marsha Neifield was undertaking a radical experiment in criminal-justice reform from the otherwise drab confines of an 11th-floor courtroom in the Criminal Justice Center. There were no major criminal cases on her docket – just addicts, small-time drug dealers, and a man accused of stealing a power drill from inside a car.

Philadelphia mayor: Reform plan making real progress

City of Philadelphia > ICYMI: Philadelphia Prison Population Down 12 % from Last Year

Fathers discuss reconnecting with their children

Reporter Trenae Nuri speaks with fathers about their experience reconnecting with children after returning home. Camera and Editing by Ariel Taylor.

The series features stories about the Reentry Coalition, Think Tank, ex-offender employment through Community Empowerment and Community Learning Center, housing with Why Not Prosper and stories of fathers reuniting with their children at The Center for Returning Citizens.