Could you make it on the outside after years in prison?

The Citizen Recommends: Day One Challenge – The Philadelphia Citizen

“What would you do if you found yourself fresh out of prison, a social outcast in a strange city, with nowhere to lay your head?” This is the question reentry service organization Redemption Housing is posing in its first ever Day One Challenge , a three-hour immersion into the experience of a person recently released from prison.


Surviving Prison Reentry in Philadelphia – Day One Challenge from Redemption Housing on Vimeo.

Malcolm Jenkins wants you to really stare in the mirror and think

Malcolm Jenkins’ September Surprise – The Philadelphia Citizen

Last Friday night, local fashionistas, football aficionados and social justice warriors converged on the Center City restaurant Maison 208 for a party thrown by Jay Amin and Eagle All-Pro safety and activist Malcolm Jenkins, the co-owners of Washington Square’s Damari Savile, the bespoke men’s fashion store.

Pa. begins first statewide effort to help returning citizens

Taking On Recidivism: Larry Platt speaks with Attorney General Josh Shapiro

Last month, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said something a lot of the previous inhabitants of his office would never have said. “For too long, we’ve relied solely on incarceration to prevent crime and violence,” he said at a press conference along with Governor Tom Wolf to announce the statewide Pennsylvania Reentry Council (PRC).

Philabundance Community Kitchen gives offenders a chance in the kitchen and at a trade

Unlikely Foodies

Two would-be cooks frantically huck some parsley onto a plate of what appears to be hash. It’s a potato and ground beef concoction, but the color tones-yellow, brown-are a little earthy, and could use some zhuzhing up.

Using creative expression to transition from offender to artist

The Trials of O.G. Law

For the month of February, a Philadelphia man will live in an open air mock jail cell. At night he’ll sleep in a body bag. During the day he’ll speak and listen to anyone who steps up to the bars. Visitors will find a thin, deep-eyed man who at 42 years is neither young nor old, radiating love.

I’m FREE assist women transition to life after incarceration through programs and services

Fighting for FREEdom

Christina Wall spent 19 months at Riverside Correctional Facility for a first-degree felony. While she was in prison, she met with many different organizations that promised to help her re-enter society when she’d done her time. When she got out in June of 2015, Wall, a first-time inmate originally from New Jersey, tried to get in contact with all of these groups.