The Council of State Governments Justice Center has released a 50-State Report on Public Safety, which contains tools and strategies to help states reduce crime, recidivism, and costs. The 50-State Report on Public Safety is a web-based resource that combines data analyses with practical examples to help policymakers craft impactful strategies to address their state’s specific public safety challenges. The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center analyzed millions of
September 5, 2018, Jake Blumgart - Plan Philly A housing plan introduced by Philadelphia planning czar Anne Fadullon Wednesday calls for producing and preserving a combined 100,000 units over the next 10 years. Billed as the first comprehensive citywide housing strategy, the Philadelphia Housing Action Plan would create or save 60 percent more housing units than the 63,000 produced or preserved over the last decade, according to Vincent Reina, an urban-planning professor at t
July 11, 2018 - Community Legal Services The PEPP Tenant Resource Guide contains information on housing resources, including where to go for emergency shelter, legal assistance, and rental assistance, how to prepare for an eviction hearing, and how to address housing discrimination. Read more and access the Resource Guide on CLS's website!
August 30, 2018, Zoe Sullivan - Next City "Growing up in New Orleans, Daniel Tapia, 34, moved every couple of years. “I started selling drugs at a young age,” he says. “I was in the streets, and I did things I shouldn’t have done.” He has spent nearly half his life behind bars. Six months after his release from a 3-year juvenile sentence, Tapia was sent to prison for 12 years. He says he refused to testify against the accused shooter in a murder case..." Read the rest of the
What would you do if you found yourself returning from prison, a social outcast in a strange city, with nowhere to lay your head? Could you survive life “on the outside”? Enter Redemption Housing’s Day One Challenge to find out. On September 22nd, 2018, Redemption Housing is partnering with a few fellow members of the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition to host the second-annual Day One Challenge. This three-hour immersion experience will place you “in the shoes” of Philadelphia’s
Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project is seeking an experienced social worker to lead our Reentry team. This is a full-time, exempt, staff position. The ideal candidate has direct experience with, and/or has been directly affected by, the criminal justice system. To apply, please submit a letter of interest and a resume or curriculum vitae by email to email@example.com with “Reentry Supervisor Applicant” in the subject line. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling b
August 28, 2018, MÓNICA MARIE ZORRILLA - Billy Penn It’s not surprising that in the poorest big city in the country, there are nearly 40,000 people without a job. Philadelphia’s unemployment rate in June 2018 was 5.7 percent, according to Philadelphia Works, a rate 1.7 percent higher than the national average. One month later, unemployment in Philly was even worse, up by 0.7 percent. This article can point residents to job training opportunities and more!
August 28, 2018, by The Inquirer Editorial Board - The Philadelphia Inquirer For returning citizens in Philadelphia, housing accessibility poses one of the biggest problems when it comes to successful reentry. the Philadelphia Inquirer's Editorial Board recently looked at affordable housing in Philly and detailed some of the barriers that tenants and prospective tenants face, when attempting to secure stable and low-cost housing. Read the full opinion piece here!
August 30, 2018, by Michaela Winberg - Billy Penn (Photo by Michaela Winerg of Billy Penn) As the opioid epidemic forces Philly neighborhoods to deal with overloads of people with addiction, welcoming them with open arms is not the norm. But thanks to a forward-thinking community leader, one section of Germantown is doing just that. On the 700 block of East Chelten Avenue, Reverend Michelle Simmons is known. She’s been the block captain there for a decade, and she owns the ro