New statewide effort launched to help former prisoners stay free

Wolf, Shapiro tout program to help prisoners re-enter society

HARRISBURG – State officials are launching the first statewide council to help former prison inmates navigate the challenges of finding housing, work and health care as they adjust to life outside bars. – Sarah Mearhoff, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News

Mentorship as a tool to prevent re-offending

Could this one simple idea stop the revolving door to prison?

At age 35, Jermaine Myers has spent most of his adult life incarcerated. The cycle started when he was 16, charged with armed robbery as an adult. He got out at age 21 with the idea of getting a commercial driver’s license. Instead, he said, “I went back to drugs and guns within two months.”

The odds of returning to prison are high, but efforts to reverse the trend grow

Rare agreement for conservatives and liberals: Moving more people out of prison in Philly

To be sure, many people coming from prison will return to a life of crime. That’s been the experience of career prosecutor George Parry, now a criminal defense attorney in Philadelphia. “I’m sure there are people who make a mistake and go to prison and change their lives,” he said.

Time, distance and walls can’t stop love from reaching those in prison

They married men in prison for life. Now, a change in the law could bring their husbands home.

Community Legal Services’ Sharon Dietrich assists those with criminal records with expungement

Legal advocate helps workers under shadow of criminal records

When it comes to how poor people are treated at work, Sharon Dietrich gets mad. “I’m mad on a daily basis,” said Dietrich, 55, litigation director and managing attorney of the employment law practice at Community Legal Services. – Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer