The Power of Career-And Employer-Focused Training and Education

"Even in good economic times, many adults — particularly those with just a high school education — struggle to get and keep jobs that pay enough to support their families and permit upward mobility. At the same time, some employers have difficulty finding people with the right skills to meet their needs. This report from MDRC discusses how programs that target in-demand industries or sectors and heavily involve employers in training and work-based learning can be effective when well implemented. These approaches can be used for different populations at different stages of their education and employment trajectory — from high school students to people who have been unemployed for a long time

Introduction to the National Clean Slate Clearinghouse

The US DOL has funded a new project, the National Clean Slate Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse’s mission is to foster record-clearing of criminal records around the country. The Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG) is leading the project and is preparing many resources, including state-specific information about record-clearing that will be made available on a powerful website. Community Legal Services (CLS) is the project’s liaison to the legal aid, defender, non-profit and pro bono communities. Services that we hope to provide: CLS will work with lawyers around the country to encourage development of new record-clearing practices and foster those that already exist. Some p

Rethinking Reentry Through Art, Up in City Hall in June and July in Honor of Reentry Awareness Month

This summer, the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition has an Art in City Hall exhibit in honor of June as Reentry Awareness Month. Rethinking Reentry Through Art is a partnership with The Philadelphia Reentry Think Tank, The Mural Arts Restorative Justice Program, the Institute for Community Justice, Right of Return USA, the Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project (YASP), Eastern State Penitentiary, and The Reentry Project. Join the conversation about what you need to stay free. Rethinking Reentry Through Art By using art as a forum for civic dialogue, the exhibit speaks to the many barriers and challenges returning citizens face, including extreme discrimination in housing, employment, and in many

Clearing a Path, from Conviction to Employment - CSG

"Access to employment is a critical component of the support that research says helps keep people from returning to the criminal justice system, as a steady job provides financial resources and social connections that build motivation. After a conviction, people often face severe, unanticipated penalties beyond the court’s sentence, commonly known as collateral consequences. More than half of all collateral consequences are employment related, according to the National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction. For example, in an effort to advance public safety and ensure high-quality services, states require licenses for particular businesses or occupations, such as health care pro

Advocates ask for more reentry efforts in Philadelphia

Of the 2,000 juveniles serving life sentences around the United States, 500 come from Pennsylvania and 300 come directly from here. That means the city has produced 15 percent of the country’s so-called “juvenile-lifers." The Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project (YSRP) is working to change that. On Wednesday evening, YSRP held an event called “The State of Criminal Justice & Reentry in Philadelphia: Opportunities for Innovation & Reform.” Featuring two panels of criminal justice experts and government officials, the event brought together stake holders in the area of criminal justice reform to explore what’s being done—and what can be done—to improve the system.

Helping Those who are Reentering Society from Prison

Jean Friedman-Rudovsky -- "The United States has more people with criminal backgrounds than the entire population of France. In Philadelphia, it’s estimated that between 200,000 and 300,000 residents — approximately one in every six of us — has been intimately familiar with a jail cell. One in six. That means one in six of our fellow Philadelphians knows how it feels to be abruptly disconnected from a child or loved one. One in six have conspicuous gaps in their resumes or debt that’s piled up over the months or years that he or she was unable to work to pay it off. One in six of our city’s residents has felt the sting of being taken away from their home, not knowing if it would be there whe

RFP for Computer Coding Program for Incarcerated Inmates for the City of Philadelphia

​ Through the issuance of this RFP the City of Philadelphia (“City”), through its Philadelphia Department of Prisons (“PDP”), requests proposals for the provision of computer coding program classes for the incarcerated (“inmates”) on the PDP State Road campus, and paid internships post release for returning citizens. It is expected that services under the contract(s) resulting from this RFP (the “contract”) will begin July 1, 2017. ​ Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Philadelphia, PA, local time, on Thursday, June 15, 2017 Mandatory Pre-Proposal Conference: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Time: 1:00 pm Philadelphia Local Time Location: Curran Fromhold Correctional Facility 7901 St

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