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.


Generocity editor Julie Zeglen interviews Christian Dennis. Watch now:

Hackathon to focus on reentry and we want you there

Solve Philly’s recidivism problem at this Reentry Project hackathon – Generocity Philly

The Reentry Project is the coalition of 15 newsrooms, including Generocity, dedicated to reporting on reentry in Philadelphia. Why reentry? Because one in six Philadelphians has been incarcerated, and two-third of them will return to prison. That’s unacceptable. Next month, that coalition is hosting the first local hackathon focused on reentry.

But what about those facing barriers to education?

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?