Peer support serves vital need in Pennsylvania prisons

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Pennsylvania training mentally ill inmates to help others on the cellblock

Way up in Northeastern Pennsylvania near the New York state border, SCI Waymart houses the state’s most seriously mentally ill prisoners – those serving time while suffering with schizophrenia, major depression and other disorders. If you go through the metal detectors and down a winding series of hot, echoing hallways in the Wayne County prison, eventually, you’ll find a classroom.

You can still catch “Rethinking Reentry Through Art” at Philadelphia City Hall

In City Hall art display, former inmates offer inside look at what’s needed on the outside…

Artwork by recently released prisoners is now on display inside Philadelphia City Hall. The hallways on its second and fourth floors are lined with paintings and sculptures by people who had been in prison – from amateurs wielding felt pens to trained artists with a studio practice.

‘Beyond the Walls’ summit focuses on healthcare during and after incarceration

Healthy inmates can help create a healthier community

After serving their time, today’s inmates will return to their homes and community. In essence, prison health becomes public health, said Hannah Zellman, program director with Philadelphia FIGHT, the nonprofit that hosted Wednesday’s “Beyond the Walls: Prison Healthcare and Reentry Summit.” The annual summit began as a tiny conference focused on the intersection of HIV/AIDS and incarceration.

Rescue dogs for veterans help comfort inmates who train them

Camden County inmates train rescue dogs as companions for veterans

A few nonviolent offenders in the Camden County Jail recently got new cellmates: rescue dogs. An initiative by the Camden County Freeholders, the county Department of Corrections, and One Love Animal Rescue is enlisting inmates to train rescue dogs that will eventually be given to combat veterans as companion animals.

Solving reentry and recidivism from both sides

People from both sides of the prison system discussed the challenges to reentry and recidivism. This event, hosted at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, was recorded and produced by The Reentry Project in partnership with WURD, the Philadelphia Media Network and WHYY on May 5.

Moderator – Solomon Jones, Morning Host at WURD Radio.