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.

Partners pair up coffee with jobs

Meet the Disruptor: Quaker City Coffee – The Philadelphia Citizen

In some ways, Quaker City Coffee partners Bob Logue and Christian Dennis have lived parallel lives. Both men grew up in Frankford, developed keen eyes for supply and demand, and became entrepreneurs. For Logue, that meant becoming a partner in Federal Donuts and Bodhi Coffee, catering to the city’s foodie culture.

After incarceration, North Philly man shares inspiration and advice

A contraband phone and Instagram helped former inmate, Wallo267, build his community

Wallace Peeples, better known as Wallo267 on social media, had been out of prison for all of 117 days when I met him, and already he had 50,000 followers on Instagram. A short item in the Times Herald reported back in 2014 that a Graterford prisoner was found with three cell phones, five chargers, five headsets, an iPod and a wireless hot spot.

Rapper raises money to fund music classes for incarcerated youth

Chill Moody will help raise money for music classes for Philly juvenile inmates

Proceeds from Thursday’s show at Boot & Saddle with go toward the music nonprofit Beyond the Bars. Local rapper Chill Moody will headline a benefit show tomorrow night at the South Philly venue Boot & Saddle. Proceeds from the concert will go toward Beyond the Bars, a nonprofit that aims to increase music education resources for incarcerated juveniles in Philadelphia.

Church provides support for formerly incarcerated

A Fairhill church is redemption central for ex-offenders

The sanctuary of Christ Centered Church is a small and spare 65-seater in a storefront in Philly’s Fairhill section, more than packed on Sundays for sermons and Bible studies that empathize with the members’ challenges without excusing the life choices they’ve made.

Songs in the Key of Free: bringing music from prison to the public

‘Songs in the Key of Free’ helps prisoners find redemption through music

Redemption through music. This is the mission of Songs in the Key of Free, and organization that is showing solidarity with incarcerated individuals by bringing their voices, perspectives, and experiences to the public via song. It’s a collaboration with the SCI-Graterford Prison, The Curtis Institute of Music, and a handful of volunteers that help inmates realize their musical vision.