Intensive program reducing recidivism and stirring statewide conversation

Lancaster knows how to keep people out of jail, but it’s expensive

After nearly two decades in prison, Isaac Rivera was ready to remake himself. The 41-year-old from Lancaster served time after a 1997 arrest on assault and rape charges, but he felt that his violent past was behind him – if only he could find a way to jump-start his reinvention.

We need your help: Let’s brainstorm!

Next month, The Reentry Project will host “Power-Up Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day.”

People from many backgrounds will come together to look for solutions to a variety of issues impacting reentry. But we need your help to make this event inspiring and effective. Please scroll down through the survey below and submit your ideas.

And remember, no idea is too big or too small!

Power-Up Reentry: Call for Ideas

The Reentry Project working with the Reentry Coalition is hosting Power-Up Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day this fall. We need your invaluable insights to help us shape project ideas and solutions for systemic change. Share your ideas for solutions and/or areas of opportunities.

Halfway Back introduces Howard Butler

Today, The Reentry Project is launching Halfway Back, an audio series that gives formerly incarcerated people a chance to tell their own stories. The first episode, hosted by Emily Scott and Julie Christie, introduces listeners to Howard Butler, who struggled to find the adequate housing after release. Listen:

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

Consensus brewing to end cash bail in Philadelphia

How Philly plans to ditch cash bail and what stands in the way

Democratic candidate for district attorney Larry Krasner has a plan to get rid of cash bail. He’s not the only game in town. Josh Glenn was just 16 when he was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, charged as an adult and thrown in a Philadelphia jail cell.

This week: Here’s what’s actually happening

This week:

• Malcolm Jenkins’ September Surprise
• Pennsylvania let 70 teen killers out of prison in the last year. Here’s what happened.
• Meet the Disruptor: Quaker City Coffee

Read it now: The Reentry Project Weekly: September 8, 2017

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Released lifers feeling extraordinary privilege and grave responsibility

Pennsylvania let 70 teen killers out of prison in the last year. Here’s what happened.

These are the first of 517 juvenile lifers in Pennsylvania, the largest such contingent in the nation, to be resentenced and released on parole following a Supreme Court decision that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for minors are unconstitutional. – Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News