In City Hall art display, former inmates offer inside look at what’s needed on the outside [photos] : Arts & Entertainment : WHYY
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.
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.
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.
ReEntry Project: Stories About Life After Incarceration from PhillyCAM on Vimeo. Edited by WHYY/Newsworks.
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.
“One more day.” Just hours before the polls opened Tuesday, Nick Pressley gave out his marching orders to a group of canvassers wearing blue T-shirts. The group was gathered on the 15th floor of a Center City office building, just one block from the Philadelphia district attorney’s office.