Colleges shouldn’t ask about applicants’ criminal histories, but most in Philly do – Generocity Philly
Ban the box and Clean Slate initiatives have gained statewide traction in recent months as means to eliminate barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated folks. But what about those folks facing barriers to education?
It’s National Reentry Week. Here are 4 policy solutions to help youth with criminal records – Generocity Philly
When young people are arrested and charged in the adult criminal system, the impact can be lifelong and the barriers to moving forward can seem insurmountable. Many of those barriers are imposed by the government itself, and can keep necessities like housing and employment out of reach.
Reentry providers, like most other social service organizations, have an experience problem. That’s to say, the folks who put together programs for people coming home from prison largely can’t understand what their constituents truly need because they haven’t experienced reentry themselves. (On a higher level, this also applies to policymakers.)
The United States was founded on the restoration of rights, and Americans have historically taken pride in the civil liberties and individual freedoms we offer the people who live here. But the country hasn’t always done a great job of making sure people know how their rights can protect them.
Yet, as much of a humanitarian crisis as mass incarceration is in the United States of America, an equally debilitating crisis is the one that follows. What happens to incarcerated people when they are released from prison? ### “Reentry” is the accepted term for the process of reentering society after incarceration, and Philadelphia is home to hundreds of thousands of returning citizens.
When it comes to how poor people are treated at work, Sharon Dietrich gets mad. “I’m mad on a daily basis,” said Dietrich, 55, litigation director and managing attorney of the employment law practice at Community Legal Services. – Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer