Lancaster model reduces recidivism rate to 15 percent

Lancaster’s life-training boot camp keeps people from returning to prison

After nearly two decades in prison, Isaac Rivera was ready to remake himself. The 41-year-old from Lancaster served time after a 1997 arrest on assault and rape charges, but he felt that his violent past was behind him – if only he could find a way to jump-start his reinvention.

Intensive program reducing recidivism and stirring statewide conversation

Lancaster knows how to keep people out of jail, but it’s expensive

After nearly two decades in prison, Isaac Rivera was ready to remake himself. The 41-year-old from Lancaster served time after a 1997 arrest on assault and rape charges, but he felt that his violent past was behind him – if only he could find a way to jump-start his reinvention.

New program provides workforce training for returning citizens

Program gives formerly incarcerated second chance

A group of 22 formerly incarcerated individuals are gearing up to re-enter the workforce. The group was the first cohort to graduate from the UpLift Workforce Solutions program, an initiative designed to create employment opportunities for returning citizens in the Philadelphia regions.

Rescue dogs for veterans help comfort inmates who train them

Camden County inmates train rescue dogs as companions for veterans

A few nonviolent offenders in the Camden County Jail recently got new cellmates: rescue dogs. An initiative by the Camden County Freeholders, the county Department of Corrections, and One Love Animal Rescue is enlisting inmates to train rescue dogs that will eventually be given to combat veterans as companion animals.

Program helps people returning from prison find life-changing carpentry jobs

Furnishing A Future With Woodworker Steven Greenberg

It took Steven Greenberg four decades-from high school shop class through a long business career as an executive trainer-to follow his calling as a woodworker, designing and crafting bespoke furniture. But it wasn’t until last August that he found his true passion: Passing on that love of woodworking to Philadelphians looking for a way into the workforce.