Volunteers and lawyers help residents clear their records for a shot at better jobs and housing

Inside a Philly criminal record expungement clinic: ‘Freedom is not just freedom’

Volunteers and lawyers help residents clear their records for a shot at better jobs and housing. Sterling Scott arrived at St. Mark’s Church in Frankford with the same goal as his peers: to start the process of getting his criminal record expunged. “My daughter, she attacked me and I wound up macing her,” Scott, 63, said.

Employment status is key predictor of recidivism

Reporter Noah Levinson spoke with Steve Blackburn, from X-Offenders for Community Empowerment and Jeffrey Abramowitz, from Community Learning Center of Philadelphia to discuss the challenges that returning citizens face when seeking employment.

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.