‘What do you need to thrive back in your community?’

After prison, Faith Bartley wants to help other women get a second chance

Still struggling herself to find housing, Bartley wants to ask other women returning from prison, ‘What do you need to thrive back in your community?’ Faith Bartley wants a home to call her own. Not just a rented room, but somewhere that can take her away from the community that she’s known all her life.

Reducing recidivism demands coordinated services and communication

Reporters Laura Deutch and Paul Cherashore speak with Aviva Tevah from the Reentry Coalition to learn about the city’s initiatives to connect reentry services and how returning citizens from the Reentry Think Tank are taking an active role in advocating for increased support and coordination. Faith Bartley and Aaron Crump from the Think Tank share their perspectives on the support they have received as returning citizens and Think Tank members.

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.

These women take to the airwaves on a radio show for those experiencing life after prison

After serving time, women serve public good with radio show about re-entry

From a small room in Center City, radio activist Vanessa Graber wants to broadcast the realities of post-prison life to thousands of Philadelphians. Next week, PhillyCam, the public-access media nonprofit, will launch WPPM 106.5. It’s one of three new radio stations created following a grassroots push to carve out more slots on FM dials across the country.