Using creative expression to transition from offender to artist

The Trials of O.G. Law

For the month of February, a Philadelphia man will live in an open air mock jail cell. At night he’ll sleep in a body bag. During the day he’ll speak and listen to anyone who steps up to the bars. Visitors will find a thin, deep-eyed man who at 42 years is neither young nor old, radiating love.

Graterford inmate goes from teaching rescue dogs in prison to becoming a dog trainer on the outside

Work can keep Chris Catona out of prison. His past won’t let him keep a job – Generocity Philly

Chris Catona used to spray down sewage for 14 cents an hour on the grounds of SCI Graterford. It was a good gig, his first real one at the state prison, and a big step up from the scraps he could earn doing more general labor inside its walls.

I’m FREE assist women transition to life after incarceration through programs and services

Fighting for FREEdom

Christina Wall spent 19 months at Riverside Correctional Facility for a first-degree felony. While she was in prison, she met with many different organizations that promised to help her re-enter society when she’d done her time. When she got out in June of 2015, Wall, a first-time inmate originally from New Jersey, tried to get in contact with all of these groups.

Baltimore company rehabs former offenders and abandoned houses

Giving Building Materials and Ex-Inmates a Second Chance in Baltimore

After a five-year stint in prison, Kevin King stepped back into Baltimore with one goal: starting his life anew. The 52-year-old got linked up with the Living Classrooms Foundation, which helps put ex-offenders in touch with job opportunities, and he was eager to take on any work that came his way.

Get to know the Philadelphia Reentry Reporting Collaborative

The Philadelphia chapter of the Online News Association will host an info session at 7 p.m. on January 25th with the Philadelphia Reentry Reporting Collaborative.

This event will take place at the Pen and Pencil Club and is open to all interested members of the journalism community.

(Admission is free. Attendees must be 21+. Map.)

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Get to know the Philadelphia Reentry Reporting Collaborative

The Philadelphia Reentry Reporting Collaborative is a citywide journalism effort, supported by the Solutions Journalism Network, which addresses the issues of prisoner reentry in the Philadelphia regi