After incarceration, North Philly man shares inspiration and advice

A contraband phone and Instagram helped former inmate, Wallo267, build his community

Wallace Peeples, better known as Wallo267 on social media, had been out of prison for all of 117 days when I met him, and already he had 50,000 followers on Instagram. A short item in the Times Herald reported back in 2014 that a Graterford prisoner was found with three cell phones, five chargers, five headsets, an iPod and a wireless hot spot.

Stories of healthcare during incarceration

The Beyond the Walls: Prison Healthcare and Reentry Summit brings together the communities that are affected by the parallel crises of HIV and mass imprisonment. These are the stories of those affected by the prison healthcare system.

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Rapper raises money to fund music classes for incarcerated youth

Chill Moody will help raise money for music classes for Philly juvenile inmates

Proceeds from Thursday’s show at Boot & Saddle with go toward the music nonprofit Beyond the Bars. Local rapper Chill Moody will headline a benefit show tomorrow night at the South Philly venue Boot & Saddle. Proceeds from the concert will go toward Beyond the Bars, a nonprofit that aims to increase music education resources for incarcerated juveniles in Philadelphia.

Church provides support for formerly incarcerated

A Fairhill church is redemption central for ex-offenders

The sanctuary of Christ Centered Church is a small and spare 65-seater in a storefront in Philly’s Fairhill section, more than packed on Sundays for sermons and Bible studies that empathize with the members’ challenges without excusing the life choices they’ve made.

New program provides workforce training for returning citizens

Program gives formerly incarcerated second chance

A group of 22 formerly incarcerated individuals are gearing up to re-enter the workforce. The group was the first cohort to graduate from the UpLift Workforce Solutions program, an initiative designed to create employment opportunities for returning citizens in the Philadelphia regions.