Reentry Project editor Jean Friedman-Rudovsky, right, listens as Hassam Freeman of Frontline Dads speaks on a panel addressing the needs of people returning home after incarceration. Also pictured are Pam Superville from Philadelphia’s Office of Reintegration Services (R.I.S.E.) and Johndi Harrell from the The Center for Returning Citizens.
Ivy Johnson spent 18 years in prison for killing someone in a fight and every day that death weighs on her. “To make amends I have to save another life,” she said. It wasn’t long ago that Johnson graduated from a 10-week program, Women Working for A Change,” that teaches women who have been in prison about self-esteem, active listening, healthy relationships and job preparation.
The fifth cohort of the Mothers in Charge “Women Working for a Change” program graduated during a ceremony Tuesday at the R2L Restaurant at Liberty Place in Center City Philadelphia. The program serves women returning to their communities after incarceration.is a Philadelphia based-violence prevention, education and intervention organization.
June is Reentry Awareness Month and The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com are part of the Philadelphia Reentry Reporting Collaborative, a solutions-oriented focus on issues facing people coming out of prison. The piece is part of an occasional series – across the region and across platforms – on the challenges of – and solutions to – prisoner reentry in Philadelphia.
People from both sides of the prison system discussed the challenges to reentry and recidivism. This event, hosted at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, was recorded and produced by The Reentry Project in partnership with WURD, the Philadelphia Media Network and WHYY on May 5.
Moderator – Solomon Jones, Morning Host at WURD Radio.
The United States has more people with criminal backgrounds than the entire population of France. In Philadelphia, it’s estimated that between 200,000 and 300,000 residents – approximately one in every six of us – has been intimately familiar with a jail cell. One in six.