As we close in on the holidays, I am reminded of my family and how much they mean to me. I reflect on past Christmas memories and how much my father and mother have meant to me, how much they molded, influenced, and prepared me for all that I am today.
The Reentry Project and partnering news organizations hosted a community event Monday evening at the African American Museum in Philadelphia called “If These Walls Could Talk: Solving Reentry and Recidivism.”
In the photographs:
Sara Lomax-Reese, president and CEO of WURD Radio welcomed the audience.
The crowd packed the auditorium and overflowed slightly into the corridor.
From left, host Solomon Jones of WURD moderated a panel including:
• Valerie Todd-Listman – Mothers In Charge, Group Facilitator in the Philadelphia Prisons
• Zane Memeger – Former United States attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
• Leon King II – Former Philadelphia Prisons Commissioner
• Reuben Jones – Co-Founder and Executive Director of Frontline Dads
• Emma Restrepo – Freelance journalist and host at El Zol radio
Returning citizen Lindsey Massarelli of Philadelphia participates in a “Story Booth” which was staffed by WHYY and PhillyCam, as well as The Reentry Project.
This event was organized by WURD Radio, the Philadelphia Media Network, WHYY Newsworks and The Reentry Project.
Generocity Philly reported on the event. Read the story: Here are the 3 steps everyone agrees we need to take to tackle recidivism
Photos: Prison reform advocate Ismael Nazario shared his experience Saturday at The Reentry Project Story Booth.
Staffers from The Reentry Project, WHYY Newsworks and PhillyCAM recorded the testimony of participants who volunteered to share their journeys through reentry Saturday during a symposium in West Philadelphia.
And we did it again Monday evening at our first community event:
Stay tuned to this site to learn about future events and story booths. We will share those stories on this site when the recordings are produced.
About Ismael Nazario:
You can learn more about Ismael Nazario by watching his talk at TEDxNewYork: What I learned as a kid in jail
As a teenager, Ismael Nazario was sent to New York’s Rikers Island jail, where he spent 300 days in solitary confinement — all before he was ever convicted of a crime. Now as a prison reform advocate he works to change the culture of American jails and prisons, where young people are frequently subjected to violence beyond imagination. Nazario tells his chilling story and suggests ways to help, rather than harm, teens in jail.
Of the 2,000 juveniles serving life sentences around the United States, 500 come from Pennsylvania and 300 come directly from here. That means the city has produced 15 percent of the country’s so-called “juvenile-lifers.” The Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project (YSRP) is working to change that.
Joshua Glenn was 16 and facing some serious charges – and but he was determined to fight them. Sent away to Philadelphia’s notorious 19th-Century-built House of Correction on charges including aggravated assault and attempted murder rap by a DA’s office that wanted to try Glenn as adult, the teenager believed in his innocence, rejecting a plea deal that might have sent him home, on probation.
Join us on Thursday for the viewing of the Kalief Browder story and a powerful discussion about criminal justice reform and bail.