Even after Pope Francis visit, life remains hard for those in Philadelphia’s prison system

A year later, inmates who met Pope Francis are still caught in the justice system – Generocity Philly

(Photo by Max Marin) Correction: Angelo Cameron is Brandan Hargrose’s court-appointed lawyer, not a public defender. Edit 9/28 @ 12:40 p.m. In the summer of 2015, Brandan Hargrose was working in the upholstery shop at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, happy to be using his hands again, to have a job again, a hardscrabble routine for his life behind bars.

Some suggest recidivism algorithm needs to be racist to be accurate

That recidivism technology Philadelphia is getting might not account for racist policing – Generocity Philly

From prison to vice-president, Rob Rosa owes it all to his dogs

A year later, inmates who met Pope Francis are still caught in the justice system – Generocity Philly

(Photo by Max Marin) Correction: Angelo Cameron is Brandan Hargrose’s court-appointed lawyer, not a public defender. Edit 9/28 @ 12:40 p.m. In the summer of 2015, Brandan Hargrose was working in the upholstery shop at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, happy to be using his hands again, to have a job again, a hardscrabble routine for his life behind bars.

Nonprofit reentry organization moves headquarters from New York City to Philadelphia

Ceciley Bradford-Jones is working toward a reentry system where providers stay in their lanes – Generocity Philly

(Courtesy photo) When Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) scaled to Philadelphia from its headquarters in New York last summer, the reentry nonprofit had a hard time fitting in with other reentry nonprofits in town. It didn’t make much sense to Ceciley Bradford-Jones, a seasoned reentry veteran tapped to oversee CEO when the organization received the funds to scale from venture philanthropy nonprofit GreenLight Fund Philadelphia .

Philadelphia city officials and local leaders discuss social justice during DNC

10 ideas from local leaders that might move criminal justice reform forward – Generocity Philly

(Photo by Tony Abraham) In Philadelphia, a recent $3.5 million MacArthur Foundation grant aims to reduce the city’s staggeringly high prison population by 34 percent. Meanwhile, the Commonwealth is pursuing an innovative new funding strategy to cut recidivism rates while protecting taxpayers’ coinpurses.

Gravity can’t hold local filmmakers or released offenders down

How these local filmmakers are exposing the root of recidivism – Generocity Philly

(Screenshot) If we want to reconcile the socioeconomic consequences of mass incarceration, we can’t ignore the cyclical nature of the environments we’re sending formerly incarcerated individuals back into. Those environments – produced by generations of marginalization – harness a nearly inescapable gravitational pull that victimize the people who live within them.