Mayor Kenney Visits the Reentry Coalition, Stakeholder Meeting Opens and Closes with the Reentry Thi

At Broad Street Ministry on October 19th, the Reentry Think Tank opened and closed our Quarterly Stakeholder meeting, with more than 115 people from criminal justice agencies and reentry organizations from across Philadelphia. Upon arriving, everyone was invited to view the pop-up exhibit of work that the Think Tank has created so far. Mayor Kenney addressed the Reentry Coalition, and introduced Ceciley Bradford-Jones, the new Executive Director of R.I.S.E., the Mayor's Office of Re-Integration Services. Ceciley encouraged everyone to play to their strengths, and work together to collectively provide better resources and support to returning citizens. We shared the 1-year update on the impl

Reentry Education Framework Resources

US Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education shares this framework which highlights five critical components of an effective reentry system: program infrastructure, strategic partnerships, education services, transition processes, and sustainability. Including a tool kit, guidelines for providing high-quality education for adults involved in the criminal justice system, and a report and video on the use of advanced technologies in corrections.

HUD's Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Pr

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of dwellings and in other housing-related activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin.1 HUD’s Office of General Counsel issues this guidance concerning how the Fair Housing Act applies to the use of criminal history by providers or operators of housing and real-estate related transactions. See guidance

State ID Fact Sheet

This was designed to educate policymakers on the impact of, and models for, issuing state identification for people leaving prisons and jails across the country. State-issued identification is often required to secure housing, apply for employment, and access social services—all factors that can play a critical role in reentry. See article

Labels like "Felon" Are an Unfair Life Sentence

New York Times, May 7, 2016: "The Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs, which supports law enforcement and criminal justice efforts across the country, on Wednesday announced that it would no longer use the words “felon” or “convict” on its website, in grant solicitations or in speeches, but would instead use “person who committed a crime” or “individual who was incarcerated.” See full article

Dialogue about Risk/Needs Assessments and Race

"A recent ProPublica story on risk and needs assessment asked some important questions about a particular risk and needs assessment tool and the broader implications of its use. As the national discussion continues about the use and value of risk and needs assessment, The Council of State Governments Justice Center offers the following comments on risk and needs assessment as it relates to racial disparity and bias in the criminal justice system." - CSG. Read the original ProPublica story on racial bias in risk assessments here. This will surely be an ongoing dialogue, as risk assessments are increasingly used in the criminal justice system and eliminating racial disparity throughout the sys

New Guidance Clarifies Access to Medicaid Coverage and Care for People Returning from Incarceration

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released this update clarifying that the provision preventing Medicaid payments from being used for services provided to “inmates of public institutions,” does not apply to people who are currently on probation, parole, or in-home confinement. Coverage is also extended to Medicaid-eligible people who are living in community halfway houses, as long as they have “freedom of movement and association”—they are permitted to work outside of the facility alongside other employees who are not under supervision; use resources in the community, including grocery stores and libraries; and seek healt

Barriers to Employment for Former Prisoners

A report published by the Center for Economic and Policy Research last month estimates that the employment penalty associated with a criminal record caused a one percent reduction in the country’s overall employment rate, costing nearly one half of one percent of overall GDP. See report

Number of Women in Jail Has Grown Far Faster Than That of Men

NY Times reports on Vera Institute of Justice's new report. The report notes that the number of women in local jails in the United States is almost 14 times what it was in the 1970s, a far higher growth rate than for men, although there remain far fewer women than men in jails and prisons. The study also found that the number of women held in the nation’s 3,200 municipal and county jails for misdemeanor crimes or who are awaiting trial or sentencing had increased significantly — to about 110,000 in 2014 from fewer than 8,000 in 1970. See full article

Federal Program Offers College Education to Inmates in Pennsylvania

Villanova University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg University and Lehigh Carbon Community College will enroll up to 115 students from six state and federal prisons in Pennsylvania. Classes will take place in-facility, online and over video conference calls. See Flier

PA Bar Association and County Bar Associations to Launch Information Campaign on Expungement and Cri

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network[if IE]> <link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" media="all" href="/sites/all/themes/zen/ie.css?3" /> <![endif][if GT IE 7]> <link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" media="screen" href="/sites/all/themes/custom/ie8.css" /> <![endif][if IE 7]> <link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" media="screen" href="/sites/all/themes/custom/ie7.css" /> <![endif][if IE 6]> <link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" media="screen" href="/sites/all/themes/custom/ie6.css" /> <![endif] StartFragmentIn early October, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and 29 county bar associations are launching a statewide educational campaign, Understanding Expungement and Limited Access to Criminal Rec

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