Reducing recidivism demands coordinated services and communication

Reporters Laura Deutch and Paul Cherashore speak with Aviva Tevah from the Reentry Coalition to learn about the city’s initiatives to connect reentry services and how returning citizens from the Reentry Think Tank are taking an active role in advocating for increased support and coordination. Faith Bartley and Aaron Crump from the Think Tank share their perspectives on the support they have received as returning citizens and Think Tank members.

PhillyCAM Voices is a new community news show highlighting political, cultural and civic events in Philadelphia and is dedicating its March show to reentry awareness.

The series features stories about the Reentry Coalition, Think Tank, ex-offender employment through Community Empowerment and Community Learning Center, housing with Why Not Prosper and stories of fathers reuniting with their children at The Center for Returning Citizens.

You can watch full 30-minutes PhillyCAM Voices programs on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

Philadelphia schools employ 284 counselors; 351 police officers

In Philadelphia, school police outnumber counselors

The study found that in schools with law enforcement, “discipline responsibilities tend to be shifted away from teachers, administrators, and other school staff to the [school police officers].” On average, the data shows a 12 percent increase in reporting “non-serious violent crime” in schools with police officers compared to those without.

Former inmate and experts agree: A good job is key to keeping people from returning to prison

What selling drugs taught him about running a supermarket

Louis Rivera remembers when he took home his first Brown’s ShopRite paycheck and showed it to his wife. “I was humiliated,” he said, handing over his check for $120. “I said, `I’m sorry, babe. I can’t do this. I’m going back to selling drugs.’

Supermarket hires former inmates; finds business skills

Now he slings ice cream, instead of cocaine; ShopRite finds talent in former drug dealers

One in an occasional series, part of a collaborative news project about the challenges – and solutions – of prison reentry in Philadelphia. When Jeffrey Brown looks to promote employees within his 13-store supermarket chain, he looks for people with hustle, ability, commitment, all that.

Join us; its free! ..Seeking solutions Monday evening at Temple Journalism

In January, the Philadelphia chapter of the Online News Association got together to get to know Philadelphia Reentry Reporting Collaborative.

On Monday evening, ONA-Philly is visiting the Department of Journalism at Temple University.

But as it turns out, at least two of the speakers will address issues related to our project.

 

Prof. Magda Konieczna

Prof. Magda Konieczna will discuss how, as mainstream journalism wanes, the innovators behind a group of news nonprofits are attempting to fill the gap by providing the kind of quality information that is essential to our democracy. She will also talk about her book project, which explores the emergent behaviors of sharing and collaboration that allow them to do so.

Konieczna has been researching the reentry collaborative and will focus the final project of her Entrepreneurial Journalism class this semester on sustaining such an organization — using us as a test case.

 

Prof. Jillian Bauer

Prof. Jillian Bauer will discuss why she is teaching a solutions journalism class focused specifically on addiction reporting.

In this special topics course — Covering Addiction Through Solutions Journalism — a large group of students from Temple University’s Department of Journalism in the School of Media and Communication are spending a full semester on in-depth, long-form reporting on addiction solutions.

 

All are invited!

What’s new at Temple Journalism?

Monday, March 20, 2017
6:00 PM

Temple University Annenberg Hall
2020 North 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA (map)

Enter from 13th Street; we’ll be in the atrium.

Deaf inmates need criminal justice reform and resources

Philadelphia jails are failing deaf inmates. Here’s what advocacy groups are doing about it – Generocity Philly

In Sept. 2011, officers from the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) found 20-year-old “Mr. Lee” in the passenger seat of a stolen vehicle. Officers arrested him and drove him to the 15th District Precinct in the Mayfair neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia. During the ordeal, Mr. Lee’s glasses fell off and were discarded.