The Notebook is one of 15 news organizations in the Philadelphia Reentry Reporting Collaborative , a solutions-oriented journalism initiative focusing on the challenges of prisoner reentry. Usually, school is the last place that high school students want to be on a Saturday. But on March 11, Quamir Palmer made an exception.
Reporter Rossi Brooks speaks with Tracey Fisher about his Gateway to Reentry Program. Edited by Amanda Johnson. For more info visit: tiiai.org
PhillyCAM Voices is a new community news show highlighting political, cultural and civic events in Philadelphia and is dedicating its March show to reentry awareness.
The series features stories about the Reentry Coalition, Think Tank, ex-offender employment through Community Empowerment and Community Learning Center, housing with Why Not Prosper and stories of fathers reuniting with their children at The Center for Returning Citizens.
You can watch full 30-minutes PhillyCAM Voices programs on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
This week’s #solutionoftheweek comes from a recent Associated Press story found in the Washington Post that highlights how two states are trying to help young offenders avoid adult records which can adversely affect their future employment, housing, and educational opportunities.
Solution of the week is produced by news editor Antionette Lee. If you have questions, concerns or suggestion: Send us a message.
The Huffington Post > Nearly Half Of Prisoners Lack Access To Vocational Training
Reentry providers, like most other social service organizations, have an experience problem. That’s to say, the folks who put together programs for people coming home from prison largely can’t understand what their constituents truly need because they haven’t experienced reentry themselves. (On a higher level, this also applies to policymakers.)
Edgar Matta-Galdames knows about the school-to-prison pipeline. Not that the student at the Workshop School in West Philadelphia is in it himself. But he was once suspended for wearing a hoodie to school in violation of the dress code.