Coalition sends workers to factory with industry-recognized certificates earned in jail

What works: In rural Tennessee, ex-offenders get a second chance and a new career

WINCHESTER, TENNESSEE – Scott Crago says everyone deserves a second chance. That goes for ex-criminals fresh out of jail. Crago has heard all the tales of heartbreak in rural Tennessee – absent daddies, grannies raising babies, mamas dying young, drinking, drugs and what that all means for folks locked up in the Franklin County jail.

Act of good citizenship sparks fast friendship

A lawyer’s lost bags lead to a juvenile lifer’s redemption

The briefcases lay on the South Philadelphia street, abandoned, one neatly leaning against the other like a couple of downed dominoes. At first, Jeffrey Branch, 53, thought someone got robbed. Nope, he told himself. Not touching those. He took another look.

POWER Northeast fights to increase voter registration in the Lehigh Valley

In a City Where 15 Percent of Voters Elected the Mayor, Downtown Is Claiming Power

In 1984, Sydney ‘Trek’ Mckenzie’s middle school class assembled to listen to Geraldine Ferraro, a vice presidential candidate, speak to a crowd in Allentown, Pennsylvania. This simple class trip, organized by Mckenzie’s teacher, was a moment that changed his life. It was the moment that he realized the power in politics.

Business leaders surveyed on hiring formerly incarcerated people

What Philly-area CEOs think about hiring ex-inmates

Some firms believe in – and are willing to – give the formerly incarcerated a second chance. At other firms, restrictions mandated by clients or other associations forbid the practice. – Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News

New Leash on Life teaches inmates to train unadoptable dogs, giving both a better future

Training For A Better Life – The Philadelphia Citizen

Prison rarely changes one’s life for the better. That much we know to be true. The Bureau of Justice Statistics found that about three quarters of former inmates are re-arrested within five years of their parole.

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.