At sunrise on a cold Saturday, while most families were still enjoying their extra time to snooze, Nekia Pressley and her children gathered in her Dodge minivan for their regular trip to Graterford prison. Pressley, 38, lives with three of her children in the Hunting Park section of the city – Yani, 17; Dimeen, 13; and Darwish, 10.
It’s a new era of accountability for Philadelphia’s criminal justice collective – and for the 25,000 individuals who return to the city from prison and jail every year. On Wednesday, March 14, members of the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition (PRC) gathered at the Office of the District Attorney for its quarterly stakeholder meeting.
The Barnes Foundation has repurposed its ticketing gatehouse into an art studio for participants in Mural Arts’ Restorative Justice program. – Bethany Ao, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News
Nearly one in three Philadelphia residents has a criminal record. Many of these people were never found guilty of a major wrongdoing, but often that doesn’t make a difference. Just having “a record” is enough to make you ineligible for employment, education, housing and public assistance.
New tool helps juvenile lifers navigate reentry to a dramatically different world | Opinion – Philly
The challenge of building new lives on the outside is daunting and in many ways, it is more difficult for former juvenile lifers than for other formerly incarcerated men and women. – Lauren Fine, Joanna Visser Adjoian, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News
One of the trickiest parts of rejoining the outside world after spending time in the criminal justice system is finding work. As the Generocity jobs board has grown, we’ve increasingly recognized the bit role that we can play in contributing to a solution.