Philadelphia Assembled exhibit concludes with discussion on art and societal transformations

PHL Assembled collaborators on empowering marginalized communities through art – Generocity Philly

On Saturday evening, with a blanket of fresh snow transforming the face of Philly, three Philadelphia Assembled collaborators and A Blade of Grass fellows Black Quantum Futurism and Reentry Think Tank discussed art and societal transformations.

New location expected to make RISE more accessible

Philly’s reentry office just moved back to Center City – Generocity Philly

Philly’s Office of Reintegration Services for Ex-Offenders (RISE) ED Ceciley Bradford-Jones has been talking about moving the agency’s office to Center City since the beginning of 2017. Because for the workforce development office tasked with helping returning citizens get back to their lives, she said at the time, its services needed to be part of the centralized services system that includes City Hall, probation, parole, etc.

Hey Philly: Help us decide what to report on in 2018!

During the next year, The Reentry Project will transform into a broader entity for collaborative reporting on important social issues here in Philly. We’re going to take on a new central topic for 2018 and we want your feedback to help us decide what it should be! Please take a moment to answer the quick, three-question survey below and let us know your thoughts. Thank you!

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In 2018, more than dozen of your local newsrooms and universities will take a step towards rectifying this by collectively reporting on an issue of critical importance to our city from a solutions-oriented perspective. – Jean Friedman-Rudovsky, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News

Sentence becomes rallying point for criminal justice reform

Jay-Z criticizes sentencing of local rapper Meek Mill during concert at Wells Fargo Center

Since being sentenced to two to four years in state prison for violating his probation, Meek Mill has become the face of prison reform in Philadelphia and has received support from some of the biggest names in entertainment, including the king of hip-hop, Jay-Z.

New model may help families and friends support defendants in Philadelphia

Ideas We Should Steal Participatory Defense

To get our minds around the problem of mass incarceration, we often resort to numbers . About 2.3 million in prison nationwide. Seven million when we include the “correctional supervision” of probation and parole. That’s our city five times over, a population greater than most states, a number that not even the police regimes of China and Russia can touch.

Tapping shunned labor pool produces excellent results

Lessons learned: Hiring ex-offenders pays off, but the workers need help

Sitting at her kitchen table in Chester, in her moments of deepest despair, Dayna Chandler, 33, began this calculation: Maybe her three children would be better off if she were dead. A former bank teller, she had a criminal conviction for theft, had been in prison and hadn’t been able to keep a job for four years, not with that record, even though it was only a misdemeanor.