Dozens of volunteers came together in October for #PowerUpReentry: A Digital Solutions Day, a hackathon intended to create tools and services to support people through life after incarceration in Philadelphia. Our partners at PhillyCam produced this video report:
• What’s a ‘digital solutions day’ and who’s invited?
• After 10 years in and out of jail, how a West Philly father made it back to college
• Training For A Better Life
• From Norway, Pennsylvania’s prisons appear cruel and unusual”
• Business leaders collaborate on reducing recidivism through education
• Suit: A federal jail in Philly is stopping kids from seeing their dads
• PowerUp Reentry aims to solve challenges facing returning citizens
• Returning citizens need political representation and Bill Cobb has a plan to make it happen
Read it now: The Reentry Project Weekly: October 13, 2017
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – – When you think of hackathons, weekend long binge fests for coders and engineers may come to mind – but not this time, the Reentry Project is hosting its first local hackathon. PowerUp Reentry aims to solve some of the challenges faced by returning citizens.
Power-Up Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day will bring together coders, journalists and returning citizens together. Dawn McDougall is looking forward to the upcoming reentry hackathon. Not only is It an important topic but an opportunity, she said, for Philadelphians to look into the issue broadly and develop potential solutions for people returning from prison.
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.
Between 200,000 and 300,000 of our fellow Philadelphians have been incarcerated. That’s one out of every six people in Philadelphia, and about one in three adults in our city.
With little preparation and resources hard to find, successful reentry is a long, uphill battle. Sixty percent of people released from Pennsylvania prisons will be rearrested within three years.
What’s a ‘digital solutions day’ and who’s invited?
Otherwise known as a “hackathon,” this digital solutions day brings together communities that may otherwise not interact to work together on innovative solutions.
For this event, we want the participation of journalists, technologists and the Philadelphia reentry community, including formerly incarcerated people and those working with city agencies and other service providers to address the needs of this community.
When is this happening?
Friday October 20th and Saturday October 21st.
What’s the time commitment?
We’ll have a launch and social event Friday evening. Then, we will reconvene to work together throughout Saturday, culminating with presentations at the end of the day.
We’ll be meeting in Center City Philadelphia and we will have specific details soon.
What’s it gonna cost me?
Nothin’. Zero. Free for all participants. Plus, you get fed and might walk away with some swag too.
How do I sign up?
Click the button below.
Wait, who’s organizing this again?
This event is presented by The Reentry Project, a collaborative news initiative about the challenges of — and solutions to — prisoner reentry in Philadelphia. In partnership with The Reentry Coalition, the Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services and the Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation. Produced by Code for Philly.
The Reentry Project collaborative includes:
Billy Penn • Generocity • Next City • The Notebook • The Philadelphia Citizen • The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com • The Philadelphia Tribune • PhillyCam • PhillyMag • El Sol • WHYY Newsworks • WURD • El Zol • Klein College at Temple University • Muhlenberg College
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