Music program inside Graterford needs funding; raises reform questions

Americans want fewer prisoners. What’s art have to do with it? – Generocity Philly

A unique year-old pilot music program inside Pennsylvania’s largest prison needs funding to keep going. Its early success and relationship with the state offers a look inside our appetite for – and the limits of – a new kind of criminal justice reform.

Center for Male Engagement can be a lifeline on CCP campus

One Community College student’s path from prison to arts: ‘I came out here with a goal’

As he sat in the offices of the Center for Male Engagement at the Community College of Philadelphia on a recent weekday afternoon, David Coit vowed that he would not be going back to jail anytime soon. “Being in jail, that shit sucks, bro,” Coit said. “That’s like the closest thing to hell.

Inside-Out Prison Exchange celebrates 20 years

How a Temple professor and a prison inmate started an international movement

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange, which started with Temple University classes held in a Philadelphia county jail, has endured for two decades, expanded to about 150 correctional institutions and taught a total of 30,000 “inside” and “outside” students. – Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News

#PowerUpReentry: A Digital Solutions Day is set to begin

Code for Philadelphia Hosts Hackathon Aimed at Reducing Recidivism

Civic technologists in Philadelphia are working with public servants, journalists and recently-paroled residents, among others, to collaborate on a hackathon that aims to reduce recidivism rates in the city by fostering the creation of related tech projects. The event, dubbed PowerUp Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day, is set to begin Friday, Oct.

Financial Reality Fairs coming to five Pennsylvania cities

Business leaders collaborate on reducing recidivism through education

On Thursday, public and private partners came together at the headquarters of the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union to announce a collaborative effort for a program to reduce recidivism, holding five simultaneous Financial Reality Fairs on October 14 in five cities: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Erie, and Reading.

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.