This weekend: Hackathon to tackle prisoner reentry

The Citizen Recommends: PowerUp Reentry – The Philadelphia Citizen

Some 60 percent of people released from prison and returning home to Philadelphia will be rearrested again within three years. That’s a revolving door that hurts everyone-from victims of crime to decimated families to communities bereft of working adults to those who are continuously arrested and sent to jail.

We’ve got three big events coming up — beginning this week — and they are all free

October 20-21: PowerUp Reentry

PowerUp Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day

What’s this all about? Between 200,000 and 300,000 of our fellow Philadelphians have been incarcerated. That’s one out of every six people in Philadelphia, and about one in three adults in our city.With little preparation and resources hard to find, successful reentry is a long, uphill battle.

November 2: Hiring from an untapped pool

Reentry: Hiring from an untapped pool | PMN Events

Reentry: Hiring from an untapped pool The Reentry Project is hosting “Reentry: Hiring from an untapped pool,” a panel discussion for the business community about the hiring of people with criminal histories. What makes this event unique is the opportunity for business leaders to talk with each other about this issue.

November 15: The Reentry Blueprint

The Reentry Blueprint: Stories and Solutions from the Formerly Incarcerated

The Reentry Blueprint: Stories and Solutions from the Formerly Incarcerated is a free public event to advance the conversation on reentry in Philadelphia by providing a platform for formerly incarcerated people to present effective models that address the challenges facing people with criminal histories.

Free event: Business leaders to discuss hiring formerly incarcerated people

The Reentry Project is hosting “Reentry: Hiring from an untapped pool,” a panel discussion for the business community about the hiring of people with criminal histories. What makes this event unique is the opportunity for business leaders to talk with each other about this issue. Representatives of local companies who frequently hire from the reentry pool will talk about why they do it, what the challenges are, and why they think other businesses could benefit from hiring more formerly incarcerated people.

Among the panelists will be:

  • Donna Allie, PhD, president and CEO of Team Clean
  • Jeff Brown, chief executive of Brown’s Super Stores Inc.
  • Bob Logue, president of Quaker City Coffee
  • Beth Tiewater, director of development and programs of Baker Industries.

When: Thurs., Nov. 2, 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Where: Chamber of Commerce, 200 S. Broad St., Suite 700, Philadelphia

This free event is designed for business leaders and human resource personnel. Register to attend.

Reentry: Hiring from an untapped pool | PMN Events

Reentry: Hiring from an untapped pool The Reentry Project is hosting “Reentry: Hiring from an untapped pool,” a panel discussion for the business community about the hiring of people with criminal histories. What makes this event unique is the opportunity for business leaders to talk with each other about this issue.

Hoping to show peers a better way of coping with their situations

After 10 years in and out of jail, how a West Philly father made it back to college

Anthony Hirschbuhl was first arrested when he was 16 for possession of marijuana. He then spent more than a decade in and out of correctional facilities for various parole violations. Now 28, Hirschbuhl is involved with the Goldring Reentry Initiative, a program within the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice.

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.