Program created by incarcerated fathers at Graterford, for incarcerated fathers

Inside a Philadelphia Prison, a Parenting Movement Grows

On the morning of June 25, 2007, Sam, an inmate at Graterford – a maximum security prison less than an hour’s drive from Philadelphia – was feeling pretty good about himself. A few months earlier, he had participated in a first-of-its-kind telecast to more than 3,000 urban youth gathered together at Community College of Philadelphia.

First look: The Reentry Blueprint

First look: The Reentry Blueprint (with images, tweets) · ReentryUpdates

Last night The Reentry Project hosted “The Reentry Blueprint: Stories and Solutions from the Formerly Incarcerated” at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Here are some of the photos that our participants and guests shared on Twitter:

Last night we hosted “The Reentry Blueprint: Stories and Solutions from the Formerly Incarcerated” at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

The event was intended 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 others with criminal histories.

In the coming days we will publish video clips from the event and reports from our partnering news organizations.

For now, you can scroll through the slide show above to view some of the photos that our participants and guests shared on Twitter during the event. (Mouse over the photos to see accompanying text.)

If we missed a photo that you would like to see included, please send us the URL via the contact form in our home page sidebar.

You can also view a larger version of this slide show here: First look: The Reentry Blueprint

The big night is here: Tune in live for The Reentry Blueprint

Hosts Reuben Jones of Frontline Dads and Jondhi Harrell from the Center for Returning Citizens share a laugh during rehearsals at PhillyCam last week.

This evening The Reentry Project will host our culminating event at The Franklin Institute:

The Reentry Blueprint: Stories and Solutions from the Formerly Incarcerated is intended 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.

Tickets are no longer available but you can still watch and listen wherever you are, thanks to two of our partnering organizations.

Listen:

WURD Radio will stream live audio from the event on air at 96.1 FM and 900 AM in Philadelphia. You can also listen to WURD online:

Watch:

PhillyCam will stream live video online which you can watch on YouTube:

Partcipate:

Please tune in and let us know what you think: You can contact us through the form in our home page sidebar or via Facebook or Twitter.

Photos: Several of our speakers gathered for a rehearsal last week at PhillyCam.

Speaker Bill Cobb from the American Civil Liberties Union rehearses his presentation.
Hosts Reuben Jones of Frontline Dads and Jondhi Harrell from the Center for Returning Citizens rehearse.
Jeffrey Abramowitz of the National Workforce Opportunity Network rehearses.
Reuben Jones of Frontline Dads and Jondhi Harrell from the Center for Returning Citizens share a light moment with Reentry Project editor Jean Friedman-Rudovsky during the rehearsal.

Music program inside Graterford needs funding; raises reform questions

Americans want fewer prisoners. What’s art have to do with it? – Generocity Philly

A unique year-old pilot music program inside Pennsylvania’s largest prison needs funding to keep going. Its early success and relationship with the state offers a look inside our appetite for – and the limits of – a new kind of criminal justice reform.

Animal control officer honored for work he started while in prison

This Germantown native helps Philly dogs get adopted and takes strays off the streets

Animal control officer Steven Morales’ schedule changes constantly. From replying to complaints to responding to calls about stranded animals, he doesn’t have a typical day at Philly’s Animal Care & Control Team. Though it can get hectic at times, the work he does can be rewarding and something he wants to continue to do.

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.