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First Fridays: Becoming Free Documentary Showing

Data and Time Fri, April 6, 2018 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT Location Broad Street Ministry 315 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 Becoming Free Documentary: A Night with the Filmmaker & the Reentry Community Doors open at 6:30 pm. Documentary screening begins at 7 pm. Becoming Free is a project of District of Columbia documentary filmmaker Kristin Adair. The screening will conclude with a Q&A featuring the filmmaker, a collaborator of the film, and Philadelphians in the reentry community. From the film's website: "Becoming Free is a short film and collaborative multimedia project that explores the reentry experience of three young people in the District of Columbia as they seek to break

Learning Commons Supervisor

FIGHT Program: Critical Path Learning Center Reports to: Critical Path Learning Center Director Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers (FIGHT) is a comprehensive health services organization providing primary care, consumer education, research, and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS and those at high risk. This position is in FIGHT’s Education and Training Department, which offers a wide range of educational, psychosocial, and risk-reduction programming for youth and adults living with HIV, those at high risk, and the general community at large. The Critical Path Learning Center (CPLC) is an educational commons and stigma-free space devoted to the intersection of health and litera

Adult Education Supervisor

FIGHT Program: Critical Path Learning Center Reports to: Critical Path Learning Center Director Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers (FIGHT) is a comprehensive health services organization providing primary care, consumer education, research, and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS and those at high risk. This position is in FIGHT’s Education and Training Department, which offers a wide range of educational, psychosocial, and risk-reduction programming for youth and adults living with HIV, those at high risk, and the general community at large. The Critical Path Learning Center (CPLC) is an educational commons and stigma-free space devoted to the intersection of health and litera

Special Event at Temple University: Help Ban the Box on Education

In the US, 70 Million people have a criminal record (more than the entire population of France!). The best way to keep people free is to connect those in reentry with positive, life-affirming programs and opportunities. Education is a human right and frees us all! Join us as we ask Temple U to #BanTheBox on their college applications and unlock educational opportunities for all Philadelphians! This event is being hosted by the Petey Greene Program at Temple U and TeachForAmerica. The event will feature art and guest speakers by the Reentry Think Tank, advocates from Community Legal Services, and reflections from Tara Timberman, Reentry Support Project Founder and Coordinator. Join us for th

Nominate Now for the 2018 Reentry Awards!

The Philadelphia Reentry Coalition is inviting nominations for our first ever annual awards, to be presented during Reentry Month in June. Help us recognize and celebrate accomplishments and leadership! TECHNICAL DETAILS: Nominees must be living/working in the Philadelphia area. Please submit one form for each nomination you want to submit; you can submit as many nominations as you would like. Some awards are for individuals, some are for individuals or organizations or partnerships. Nominations are due May 1, 2018- Raymond Pace Alexander REENTRY STAR OF THE YEAR Award: This award recognizes a formerly incarcerated individual who within the past 5 years has reintegrated into the community

Funding Opportunity through the University of Pennsylvania

As part of a current course, titled Philanthropy and the City, a group of Masters students at the University of Pennsylvania studying Nonprofit Leadership have formed the pop-up foundation Rise215 with the opportunity to award a local organization between $6,000 and $10,000. About the pop-up foundation, Rise215: "At Rise215, we support organizations that focus resources on young at risk Philadelphians to reduce the disproportionate effect that incarceration has on the population under age 30, ultimately to ensure brighter, longer futures as engaged members of their community. We believe that providing support to prevent young people from entering the prison system is the best way to end the

Philly non-profit needs help sending exonerees to "Innocence" conference

March 15, 2018 Peak Johson BillyPenn "PA exonerees spend an average of 10.6 years in prison before being exonerated, according to @exonerationalist." Fifteen months after he was freed from prison, Donte Rollins has trouble adjusting to normal life. He’d originally been convicted of participating in a 2006 shooting that left a child paralyzed, and was facing a lengthy sentence of 62 to 125 years. But Rollins maintained he wasn’t guilty, and after the Pennsylvania Innocence Project took up his cause, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania reviewed his case and let him go. The 31-year-old is extremely thankful, because even the few years he spent behind bars were devastating. “My life was stripped

Introducing Juvenile Lifers to Real Life via Virtual Reality

March 15, 2018 Catherine Kim USNews.com PHILADELPHIA—The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is using modern technology to solve an age-old problem. As the state with the largest number of juvenile lifers – inmates sentenced before they turned 18 to life without parole – Pennsylvania faced a serious challenge when the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that life sentences for juvenile offenders were unconstitutional. The 518 juvenile lifers themselves had not been thinking about planning for a life after prison – many have been imprisoned for decades – so preparing them for release is more complicated than for many other offenders. And the prison system's release preparation program wasn't ready

Developing a Transformational Criminal Justice Narrative: A Toolkit

Human Impact Partners The Narrative Development Toolkit is a resource intended to support community organizers and health equity advocates in developing, using, and adapting transformational narratives to advance equity in the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems. This resource was developed by a workgroup of the National Criminal Justice and Public Health Alliance. Overview We believe that a better world is indeed possible — we can create a more just society that promotes health, safety, and equity. An important step in doing so is using the process of developing transformational narratives to envision that world. The National Criminal Justice and Public Health Alliance created thi

Explore data on Philadelphia’s returning citizens

March 12, 2018 Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation After spearheading an effort to develop a local measure for recidivism, the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition and the Office of Criminal Justice (OCJ) have now published data on people released from incarceration to Philadelphia in 2015, along with the report “Calculating a unified recidivism rate for Philadelphia.” The report was developed in the Reentry Coalition’s Data and Metrics Subcommittee, which is made up of local and state government agencies, service providers, and academic/research partners. This is the first major project of the subcommittee, which is motivated by a goal of increasing the accuracy, availability, sharing,

In latest edict, Philly DA Larry Krasner tells prosecutors to seek lighter sentences, estimate costs

March 15, 2018 By: David Maialetti The Inquirer Offer shorter prison sentences in plea deals. Decline certain classes of criminal charges. And explain, on the record, why taxpayers should fork over thousands of dollars per year to incarcerate people. Those are some of the instructions that Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner has outlined for the office’s 300 prosecutors — perhaps the boldest set of policies yet of his busy two-month tenure, and in line with his campaign promise to reduce the number of people behind bars. “Pennsylvania’s and Philadelphia’s over-incarceration have bankrupted investment in policing, public education, medical treatment of addiction, job training, and ec

New Report, Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2018, pieces together systems of confinement and provi

Prison Policy Initiative The first of 11 infographics that give the big picture and the details on who is behind bars, where and why. Are there 1.3 million people behind bars in the U.S., or is it actually closer to 2.3 million? How many millions more are on probation or parole, one mistake away from ending up back behind bars? The country’s fragmented systems of confinement make answering basic questions about mass incarceration unnecessarily difficult. With this year’s updated edition of Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie, we once again answer the essential questions of how many people are locked up, where, and why. The publication of the new report caps a year-long effort to update the pub

Uplift Workforce Solutions Job Fair

Workforce Solutions will be holding a Job Fair for returning citizens on April 19, 2018 from 12-2. This fair will be held at Enon Tabernacle Church at 2800 West Cheltenham Avenue and is open to ALL returning citizens. They will be doing interviews on the spot and accepting people into their program which offers the guarantee of employment. Click here to view the event flier!

Part-time Reentry Specialist with Justice Works Youth Care

Position Summary: The Re-Entry Specialist will maintain a caseload of referrals from our contracting agencies to provide services to clients related to safety and objectives in accordance with referral information, assessments and ongoing needs. Position requires non-traditional business hours (nights, weekends and some holidays). Duties & Responsibilities: Engage families in service and treatment planning. Assess family and client needs. Conduct a minimum of one community visit per week with all clients who have been identified by the contracting agency. These sessions may take place in the home, community or office. Two visits per month must occur in the home. Plan and implement appro

Calling all Returning Citizens: Free Leadership Trainings Designed by Those in Reentry, For Those in

Join the Reentry Think Tank and advocates from across the region each week for a Free leadership training series designed to equip YOU with the tools, networks, and skills to be the best leader you can be (and the leader that our city most needs!). Interested participants need to register for EACH individual training. The first training is taking place Wednesday March 21st, 2018, from 2-4PM, and is focused on Media Training: - How, as leaders, should you talk to the media? - How can you ensure that your voice, story, and mission get reported as accurately and widely as possible.? - How can we help get media interested in your events, campaigns, etc? Participants will work with journalists an

Recidivism Reconsidered: Preserving the Community Justice Mission of Community Corrections

March 15, 2018 Authors: Jeffrey A. Butts and Vincent Schiraldi HARVARDKennedySchool - MALCOLM WIENER CENTER for Social Policy The Executive Session on Community Corrections released a new paper entitled Recidivism Reconsidered: Preserving the Community Justice Mission of Community Corrections. In this new report, co-authored by Jeffrey A. Butts and Vincent Schiraldi, the authors ask us to reconsider using recidivism as the defining measure of community corrections. Measuring the success of community corrections by recidivism, mainly, limits the mission to one of law enforcement, which relieves agencies of their responsibility for other outcomes such as employment, education and housing. Rec

Housing for the Justice-Involved: The Case for County Action

Report by: John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the National Association of Counties Counties operate 91 percent of America’s jails, through which nearly 11 million individuals pass each year. The vast majority of those who have been incarcerated – some 95 percent – will return to their communities on release. Where will they go? One of their first needs will be to secure safe, stable and affordable housing. They’ll need a place to call home. Housing is arguably the most important piece in the reentry puzzle, providing people returning to their communities with a base from which to launch into all of life – from employment, to education, to medical and mental health treatment, to substan

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