A Pennsylvania mother struggles to transition after years of incarceration

Redina’s story: A mother’s troubled journey home from prison

Listen 29:15 This story also can be experienced as a radio documentary. To listen, click the play button above or download the podcast of this special Nov. 27, 2017 episode of WHYY’s NewsWorks Tonight on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher. The story was reported and produced by Katie Colaneri, edited by Sandra Clark and Eugene Sonn.

Photos: Crowd, panel and story booths energize gathering

The Reentry Project and partnering news organizations hosted a community event Monday evening at the African American Museum in Philadelphia called “If These Walls Could Talk: Solving Reentry and Recidivism.”

In the photographs:

Sara Lomax-Reese, president and CEO of WURD Radio welcomed the audience.

The crowd packed the auditorium and overflowed slightly into the corridor.

From left, host Solomon Jones of WURD moderated a panel including:
• Valerie Todd-Listman – Mothers In Charge, Group Facilitator in the Philadelphia Prisons
• Zane Memeger – Former United States attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
• Leon King II – Former Philadelphia Prisons Commissioner
• Reuben Jones – Co-Founder and Executive Director of Frontline Dads
• Emma Restrepo – Freelance journalist and host at El Zol radio

Returning citizen Lindsey Massarelli of Philadelphia participates in a “Story Booth” which was staffed by WHYY and PhillyCam, as well as The Reentry Project.

This event was organized by WURD Radio, the Philadelphia Media Network, WHYY Newsworks and The Reentry Project.

Generocity Philly reported on the event. Read the story: Here are the 3 steps everyone agrees we need to take to tackle recidivism

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Photos: Prison reform advocate Ismael Nazario shared his experience Saturday at The Reentry Project Story Booth.

Staffers from The Reentry Project, WHYY Newsworks and PhillyCAM recorded the testimony of participants who volunteered to share their journeys through reentry Saturday during a symposium in West Philadelphia.

And we did it again Monday evening at our first community event:

If These Walls Could Talk: Solving Reentry and Recidivism

Stay tuned to this site to learn about future events and story booths. We will share those stories on this site when the recordings are produced.

About Ismael Nazario:

You can learn more about Ismael Nazario by watching his talk at TEDxNewYork: What I learned as a kid in jail

From ted.com:

As a teenager, Ismael Nazario was sent to New York’s Rikers Island jail, where he spent 300 days in solitary confinement — all before he was ever convicted of a crime. Now as a prison reform advocate he works to change the culture of American jails and prisons, where young people are frequently subjected to violence beyond imagination. Nazario tells his chilling story and suggests ways to help, rather than harm, teens in jail.

Motivation and self-affirmation help recently paroled women face the past and prepare for the future

Mothers in Charge grads exchange prison uniforms for caps and gowns

North Philadelphia resident Debra Wilson has donned various forms of attire to signify where she was in life. Her first was the military camouflage of a drill sergeant. Her next was the uniform of a prison inmate. On Wednesday, Wilson joined 11 other women in royal blue caps and gowns for the fourth annual Women Working for a Change graduation ceremony.