Music program inside Graterford needs funding; raises reform questions

Americans want fewer prisoners. What’s art have to do with it? – Generocity Philly

A unique year-old pilot music program inside Pennsylvania’s largest prison needs funding to keep going. Its early success and relationship with the state offers a look inside our appetite for – and the limits of – a new kind of criminal justice reform.

Sold out event: Discussing challenges and benefits of hiring previously incarcerated people

Small biz owners: Check out this how-to on hiring returning citizens – Generocity Philly

Even if you agree hiring folks with criminal records is a good idea in theory, it can be hard to understand the real-world challenges and benefits. Join The Reentry Project to hear from business leaders who have done it this Thursday.

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.

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.


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