Eagles, Roger Goodell Come Together To Gain Perspective On Criminal Justice Reform

The agenda included discussions about how players are becoming motivated around issues of social justice reform and perspective and insight on the issues that members of the Players Coalition are trying to draw attention to with protests during the national anthem at NFL games. Coalition members in attendance included: Why Not Prosper, The Center for Returning Citizens, Mural Arts, the Defender's Association, and Mothers In Charge. Read article here.

This infographic breaks down ‘life after incarceration’ in Philadelphia

(Image by Julie Christie) "An estimated one in six Philadelphians has been incarcerated. Those 200,000 to 300,000 people share other commonalities, such as difficulty in finding employment and housing. And in the city, 60 percent of those released from prison will return within three years — a number that jumps to 68 percent nationally. To help the average person make sense of all these issues, The Reentry Project intern and Temple journalism student Julie Christie designed a detailed infographic with stats, historical context and other facts about “life after incarceration” in Philadelphia."

Hiring People with Criminal Records - Toolkit

"Since 2010, the United States economy has experienced private sector job growth, a jobless rate below 5.5 percent, and steady growth in gross domestic product. Yet unemployment remains prevalent for the more than 70 million people in the U.S. with a criminal record. People returning to their communities after incarceration may struggle to find and keep a job for a variety of reasons, including having limited education, work experience, or job skills. Further, there are more than 20,000 job-related statutes and regulations that create barriers to work for people with criminal records, even when they are qualified for the job or have been crime free for an extended period of time. Additionall

Mentoring as a Component of Reentry

"More than 600,000 people are released from America’s prisons each year and there are currently more than 4 million people on probation and parole. Adults in the criminal justice system may return from incarceration to families and communities that lack sufficient natural social supports and the resources to support positive reentry outcomes. While research has demonstrated that carefully structured, well-run mentoring programs can positively impact social, behavioral, and academic outcomes for at-risk young people, whether adults returning to their communities after incarceration can also benefit from mentoring as part of a comprehensive reentry program has yet to be determined." This repo

Reentry Coalition members helping to ease the transition of juvenile-lifers returning to Philadelphi

Samantha Melamed,, 9/6/17- In the last year, 70 men and women — all locked away as teens — have quietly returned to the community after decades behind bars.They’re encountering the mismatch between long-held daydreams and the hard realities of daily life and how to navigate these. This article mentions how Coalition members, including The Center for Returning Citizens, the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project, the Defender Association, and the PA Department of Corrections, are trying to provide support.

Pennsylvania effort a model for national reentry initiative

The Center for American Progress, the National Employment Law Project, and Community Legal Services have launched a 3 year, multi-state initiative to remove barriers to economic opportunity for Americans with criminal records and their families. The initiative will focus on two issues specifically - clean slate automatic record sealing, similar to an effort already underway in PA, and changing regulations for occupational licensing.

Community Legal Services just dropped a report on college admissions and students with criminal reco

Ban the box and Clean State initiatives have gained statewide traction in recent months as means to eliminate barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated individuals. But what about those facing barriers to education? Recently, Community Legal Services (CLS) released its report "Opening Doors: How Philadelphia Area Colleges Can Promote Access & Equity by "Banning the Box,'" arguing that local colleges shouldn't ask its prospective students about their criminal histories in their applications.

Meet the Disruptor: Quaker City Coffee

A Federal Donuts owner, Bob Logue, and a former justice involved individual, Christian Dennis, partner up to pair your coffee with something much needed: Jobs for the recently incarcerated. Read more about this duo here.

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