This week: Profiling two organizations on the frontline of reentry

Malcolm Jenkins on reentry organizations in Philly

A few months ago, my teammates Chris Long, Torrey Smith, and Rodney McLeod sat down with me and many of Philadelphia’s strongest community leaders who have taken it upon themselves to create grassroots organizations dedicated to the betterment of our community. Here’s why you should know about them and how you can join me in supporting them.

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.

Jenkins heading for Harrisburg; releases video calling for end to cash bail

Week 7: Malcolm Jenkins Criminal Justice Season – The Philadelphia Citizen

Next week, I’ll be visiting our State Capitol along with other NFL players to talk to lawmakers and policymakers about the state of criminal justice reform, with a special emphasis on lobbying for the Clean Slate Act, which I’ve written about here before. Twice before, I’ve joined my fellow football players on trips to Washington, D.C.

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.

New Leash on Life teaches inmates to train unadoptable dogs, giving both a better future

Training For A Better Life – The Philadelphia Citizen

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.

Could you make it on the outside after years in prison?

The Citizen Recommends: Day One Challenge – The Philadelphia Citizen

“What would you do if you found yourself fresh out of prison, a social outcast in a strange city, with nowhere to lay your head?” This is the question reentry service organization Redemption Housing is posing in its first ever Day One Challenge , a three-hour immersion into the experience of a person recently released from prison.


Surviving Prison Reentry in Philadelphia – Day One Challenge from Redemption Housing on Vimeo.