Often called ‘Philadelphia re-entry court,’ it’s not a court at all

Can a fake court help high-risk Pennsylvania parolees?

Tanya Curtis’ path to re-entry from prison last year looked suspiciously like a dead-end road. She was broke, for one thing. She didn’t have a high school diploma or GED. She had a history of addiction, drug dealing, petty crime.

‘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.

With music and discussion, event focuses on scourge of mass incarceration

Van Jones’ We Rise tour visits Philadelphia

Political commentator and activist Van Jones’ We Rise Tour made a stop at The Fillmore Thursday night to lift the spirits of the City of Brotherly Love and to talk about the problem of mass incarceration. Through a partnership with RocNation, an entertainment company started by rapper JAY-Z, Jones on July 6 began a 14-city tour starting in Los Angeles.

Peer support serves vital need in Pennsylvania prisons

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Pennsylvania training mentally ill inmates to help others on the cellblock

Way up in Northeastern Pennsylvania near the New York state border, SCI Waymart houses the state’s most seriously mentally ill prisoners – those serving time while suffering with schizophrenia, major depression and other disorders. If you go through the metal detectors and down a winding series of hot, echoing hallways in the Wayne County prison, eventually, you’ll find a classroom.

You can still catch “Rethinking Reentry Through Art” at Philadelphia City Hall

In City Hall art display, former inmates offer inside look at what’s needed on the outside…

Artwork by recently released prisoners is now on display inside Philadelphia City Hall. The hallways on its second and fourth floors are lined with paintings and sculptures by people who had been in prison – from amateurs wielding felt pens to trained artists with a studio practice.