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Screening prompts community conversation

Above: The opening speakers at Tuesday night’s event have spent nearly 150 combined years in prison.

Dozens of community members turned out Tuesday night for The Re-Entry Film Festival, including a screening of “They Call Us Monsters” and a long discussion at The Rotunda in West Philadelphia.

An expert panel addressed questions and comments from the audience which included many returning citizens.

Frontline Dads, Inc. and The Center For Returning Citizens (TCRC) organized the event.

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.

Join us at a free event Tuesday: Re-Entry Film Festival will feature “They Call Us Monsters” documentary

You can RSVP for this free event now:

Re-Entry Film Festival Featuring: “They Call Us Monsters”

A Re-Entry Film Festival and Panel discussion featuring the documentary: “They Call Us Monsters”. This film explores the dynamics of the criminal justice system in which juveniles are treated like adults and held in adult prisons, sometimes for life.


More info: A Re-Entry Film Festival and panel discussion featuring the documentary: “They Call Us Monsters”. This film explores the dynamics of the criminal justice system in which juveniles are treated like adults and held in adult prisons, sometimes for life. The panel discussion will feature expert criminologists, community activists and formerly incarcerated juvenile lifers who will share their experiences, insights and solutions for addressing this horrible practice. The Reentry Project’s Editor, Jean Friedman-Rudovsky, will also participate in the panel.

DATE AND TIME: Tue, June 20, 2017, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT

LOCATION: The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

RSVP now via Eventbrite

Event organizers: Frontline Dads, Inc. / Black Male Engagement (BMe) / TCRC

Photos: Crowd, panel and story booths energize gathering

The Reentry Project and partnering news organizations hosted a community event Monday evening at the African American Museum in Philadelphia called “If These Walls Could Talk: Solving Reentry and Recidivism.”

In the photographs:

Sara Lomax-Reese, president and CEO of WURD Radio welcomed the audience.

The crowd packed the auditorium and overflowed slightly into the corridor.

From left, host Solomon Jones of WURD moderated a panel including:
• Valerie Todd-Listman – Mothers In Charge, Group Facilitator in the Philadelphia Prisons
• Zane Memeger – Former United States attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
• Leon King II – Former Philadelphia Prisons Commissioner
• Reuben Jones – Co-Founder and Executive Director of Frontline Dads
• Emma Restrepo – Freelance journalist and host at El Zol radio

Returning citizen Lindsey Massarelli of Philadelphia participates in a “Story Booth” which was staffed by WHYY and PhillyCam, as well as The Reentry Project.

This event was organized by WURD Radio, the Philadelphia Media Network, WHYY Newsworks and The Reentry Project.

Generocity Philly reported on the event. Read the story: Here are the 3 steps everyone agrees we need to take to tackle recidivism

Tell us your story

Photos: Prison reform advocate Ismael Nazario shared his experience Saturday at The Reentry Project Story Booth.

Staffers from The Reentry Project, WHYY Newsworks and PhillyCAM recorded the testimony of participants who volunteered to share their journeys through reentry Saturday during a symposium in West Philadelphia.

And we did it again Monday evening at our first community event:

If These Walls Could Talk: Solving Reentry and Recidivism

Stay tuned to this site to learn about future events and story booths. We will share those stories on this site when the recordings are produced.

About Ismael Nazario:

You can learn more about Ismael Nazario by watching his talk at TEDxNewYork: What I learned as a kid in jail


As a teenager, Ismael Nazario was sent to New York’s Rikers Island jail, where he spent 300 days in solitary confinement — all before he was ever convicted of a crime. Now as a prison reform advocate he works to change the culture of American jails and prisons, where young people are frequently subjected to violence beyond imagination. Nazario tells his chilling story and suggests ways to help, rather than harm, teens in jail.

Panelists pointed to lack of jobs and stable, long-term housing

Advocates ask for more reentry efforts in Phila.

Of the 2,000 juveniles serving life sentences around the United States, 500 come from Pennsylvania and 300 come directly from here. That means the city has produced 15 percent of the country’s so-called “juvenile-lifers.” The Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project (YSRP) is working to change that.