This weekend: Hackathon to tackle prisoner reentry

The Citizen Recommends: PowerUp Reentry – The Philadelphia Citizen

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.

We need your help: Let’s brainstorm!

Next month, The Reentry Project will host “Power-Up Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day.”

People from many backgrounds will come together to look for solutions to a variety of issues impacting reentry. But we need your help to make this event inspiring and effective. Please scroll down through the survey below and submit your ideas.

And remember, no idea is too big or too small!

Power-Up Reentry: Call for Ideas

The Reentry Project working with the Reentry Coalition is hosting Power-Up Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day this fall. We need your invaluable insights to help us shape project ideas and solutions for systemic change. Share your ideas for solutions and/or areas of opportunities.

Reentry program started by two federal judges gets results

Where Some of the Most Housing-Challenged Philadelphians Find Help

About a year ago, Darryl Booker got a voucher. Booker is 57 and has a chronic heart condition that takes him in and out of the hospital and makes physical activity, including walking up stairs, nearly impossible. When he was released in 2015, “I didn’t have no one,” he says.

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Reducing recidivism demands coordinated services and communication

Reporters Laura Deutch and Paul Cherashore speak with Aviva Tevah from the Reentry Coalition to learn about the city’s initiatives to connect reentry services and how returning citizens from the Reentry Think Tank are taking an active role in advocating for increased support and coordination. Faith Bartley and Aaron Crump from the Think Tank share their perspectives on the support they have received as returning citizens and Think Tank members.

PhillyCAM Voices is a new community news show highlighting political, cultural and civic events in Philadelphia and is dedicating its March show to reentry awareness.

The series features stories about the Reentry Coalition, Think Tank, ex-offender employment through Community Empowerment and Community Learning Center, housing with Why Not Prosper and stories of fathers reuniting with their children at The Center for Returning Citizens.

You can watch full 30-minutes PhillyCAM Voices programs on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m.