Some 60 percent of people released from prison and returning home to Philadelphia will be rearrested again within three years. That’s a revolving door that hurts everyone-from victims of crime to decimated families to communities bereft of working adults to those who are continuously arrested and sent to jail.
The Reentry Project is hosting “Reentry: Hiring from an untapped pool,” a panel discussion for the business community about the hiring of people with criminal histories. What makes this event unique is the opportunity for business leaders to talk with each other about this issue. Representatives of local companies who frequently hire from the reentry pool will talk about why they do it, what the challenges are, and why they think other businesses could benefit from hiring more formerly incarcerated people.
Among the panelists will be:
- Donna Allie, PhD, president and CEO of Team Clean
- Jeff Brown, chief executive of Brown’s Super Stores Inc.
- Bob Logue, president of Quaker City Coffee
- Beth Tiewater, director of development and programs of Baker Industries.
When: Thurs., Nov. 2, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Where: Chamber of Commerce, 200 S. Broad St., Suite 700, Philadelphia
This free event is designed for business leaders and human resource personnel. Register to attend.
Reentry: Hiring from an untapped pool The Reentry Project is hosting “Reentry: Hiring from an untapped pool,” a panel discussion for the business community about the hiring of people with criminal histories. What makes this event unique is the opportunity for business leaders to talk with each other about this issue.
Anthony Hirschbuhl was first arrested when he was 16 for possession of marijuana. He then spent more than a decade in and out of correctional facilities for various parole violations. Now 28, Hirschbuhl is involved with the Goldring Reentry Initiative, a program within the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice.
Prison rarely changes one’s life for the better. That much we know to be true. The Bureau of Justice Statistics found that about three quarters of former inmates are re-arrested within five years of their parole.
As metal gates swung open and then shut behind him, Are Høidal, the warden of Norway’s Halden prison, peered down the long, echoing main corridor of the State Correctional Institution-Chester, a medium-security prison a half-hour outside Philadelphia. Coming from what has been called the world’s most humane prison, Høidal said practices here in Pennsylvania can at times seem unaccountably harsh.
On Thursday, public and private partners came together at the headquarters of the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union to announce a collaborative effort for a program to reduce recidivism, holding five simultaneous Financial Reality Fairs on October 14 in five cities: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Erie, and Reading.