Join us for the 2nd annual Women in Reentry Day!

Calling all advocates, service providers, and women​ impacted by the ​​criminal justice system! Join us for the 2nd Annual Women in Reentry Day! Women in Reentry Day is being organized by a powerful team of formerly incarcerated women who are advocacy fellows at the People's Paper Co-op. This spring the women are partnering with the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund for their 2nd annual Mama's Day Bail Out campaign (raising money to bail mothers out before mothers day) and are organizing Women in Reentry Day to celebrate to celebrate the Bail Fund's work while brining together a coalition of partners to imagine and demand how Philadelphia can better support women impacted by the criminal

Philadelphia Safe Surrender May 1st-3rd

This is a Philadelphia community collaboration Of the First Judicial District; Philadelphia Bar Association; Philadelphia Police Department; ; Defender Association of Philadelphia; Philadelphia District Attorney's Office; Philadelphia Adult Probation and Parole Department; Philadelphia Sheriff's Department; Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole; Philadelphia Department of Prisons The purpose is to give adults the opportunity to address certain warrants via an expedited hearing process. All participants will receive favorable considerations in light of their voluntary surrender, and are likely to go home the same day.

MOMobile at Riverside Case Manager

Maternity Care Coalition (MCC), a dynamic nonprofit, works to improve maternal and child health and well being through the collaborative efforts of individuals, families, providers and communities. MCC seeks a self motivated individual to fill a Case Managerposition in our prison-based MOMobile program. The Case Manager will provide culturally sensitive group education and case management to pregnant and newly parenting incarcerated and formally incarcerated women. Services will be provided at the Riverside Correctional Facility and during home visits. The successful candidate will also provide doula or labor support services on an on-call basis. Interest in maternal and child health and

Office of Adult Education Volunteer Appreciation Month Open House

The Office of Adult Education (OAE) welcomes you to our new suite in Two Penn Center to celebrate National Volunteer Month and the OAE-trained volunteers who tutor hundreds of adult learners in Philadelphia year-round. This year, nearly 300 volunteers completed OAE’s Tutor Now trainings, adding to the 100+ volunteers who are actively volunteering their time, knowledge, skills and passions to tutor adults in neighborhoods and communities citywide. Joins us in celebrating the dedicated volunteer tutors and to learn more about OAE's programs and services. Tuesday, April 24 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Office of Adult Education Two Penn Center 1500 John F. Kennedy Boulevard Suite 1412 Light refreshmen

New Initiative with Drexel Medical School

Drexel Medical School has a new initiative bringing second year medical students into the community to provide health education, screening, health coaching, and basic health system navigation. Students have 8 afternoons available from September through January. If you have interest in bringing this program to your clients please contact Elissa Goldberg, MSS, LSW at

City announces plan to close Philly's oldest jail by 2020

April 18, 2018 Michael Tannenbaum The Philly Voice The Philadelphia Department of Prisons revealed plans on Wednesday to close its nearly century-old House of Correction in 2020, marking the next step in a broader effort to dramatically reduce the city's prison population. Located on State Road in Holmesburg, the House of Correction has been in continuous operation since 1927. City officials said the facility's constant maintenance needs and outdated security features make it obsolete in Philadelphia's changing criminal justice landscape. “Reducing our jail population and closing the House of Correction has been among my highest priorities since taking office,” Mayor Jim Kenney said. “Reachi

Congress Approves FY18 Funding Levels for Criminal Justice Programs

By CSG Justice Center Staff Last week, the U.S. Congress approved the $1.3 trillion Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill that would set government funding through Sep. 30, 2018. The bill provides $30.3 billion for the Department of Justice (DOJ) and includes $2.9 billion for various state and local law enforcement assistance grant programs. The bill increases funding for the Second Chance Act, from $68 million in FY17 to $85 million in FY18. The Second Chance Act, which was originally passed with bipartisan support and signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008, authorizes federal grants for vital programs and systems reform aimed at improving the reentry process and reduci

50-State Report on Public Safety

The CSG Justice Center produced 50 state-specific workbooks that contain more than 60 data visualizations showing historical trends and data comparisons related to crime, arrests, recidivism, and correctional populations, and provide policymakers with key questions to help identify opportunities to increase public safety. Top officials from every state contributed to the research effort that culminated in these workbooks, which were developed to provide a framework for discussions that took place at the 50-State Summit on Public Safety held in November 2017 in Washington, DC.

2018-19 Compass Philadelphia Prospective Client Information Session and Application

We will hold a Prospective Client Information Session on April 25. If you are considering applying for a Compass pro bono consulting project, please join us to hear about Compass’ client application process. At this optional Information Session, you’ll find out: How the Compass program works What kind of project would be best for your organization How to apply for a Compass project and get selected Prospective Client Information Session Date: Wednesday, April 25 Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Location: Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, The Bellevue Philadelphia, 200 South Broad Street, Suite #700, Philadelphia, PA 19102 RSVP HERE By Tuesday April, 24th Thank you for your interest in ap

Join Community College of Philadelphia's Reentry Support Project for their 2018 Spring Ceremony

Join Community College of Philadelphia's Reentry Support Project Thursday, May 10th, at 3:00pm for a celebration of higher education achievement among the city's residents with criminal records! In 2017, Community Legal Services (CLS) published "Opening Doors: How Philadelphia Area Colleges Can Promote Access & Equity by ‘Banning the Box.’" In this report, CLS reveals the many post-secondary institutions in the region that require individuals to disclose past contact with the criminal justice system on their applications, despite the fact that “[r]esearch has shown that asking about records on college applications is not related to increasing safety on campus.” Instead, it often “prevent[s]

Wolf, lawmakers push a raft of criminal justice overhauls

April 13, 2018 Katie Meyer WHYY Governor Tom Wolf and a number of legislators are advocating for a slew of changes to the state’s criminal justice system. The call comes in the wake of a few victories for reform advocates, but in the face of opposition from a significant portion of the legislature’s GOP majority. On the agenda are eight initiatives, including standardizing bail across counties, pumping more money into public defense, providing a clean slate for old misdemeanors, and a second phase of Justice Reinvestment initiatives aimed at reducing recidivism. Some of those, like the clean slate bill, are already moving through the legislature and have garnered bipartisan support. “These r

Reentry Think Tank Presents: Trauma Informed Leadership Training

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 6th training is taking place Wednesday April / 25th, 2018, from 2-4PM, and is focused on Trauma Informed Leadership (Part 1 of 2): What is trauma? How does it often impact those in the system (before, during, and after incarceration)? How does trauma, and the emotional, mental, physical impacts, effect people's efforts to stay out of the system? How should we talk, work, an

Funding Opportunity: Second Chance Act Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents With Minor Child

This program will promote and expand services in detention and correctional facilities to incarcerated individuals who have children younger than age 18. This program will provide states and localities with funding to implement positive family engagement strategies and activities that address the needs of incarcerated parents with minor children. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time (ET) on May 22, 2018. Read the full program announcement here

The Uncertain Fate of College in Prison

March 28, 2018 Nicole Lewis The Marshall Project The Rev. Vivian Nixon remembers the first time she met with the Justice Department to brainstorm about ways to keep people from returning to prison once they got out. It was 2010, and she was one of a handful of formerly incarcerated people at the table. “They actually asked us what is important,” said Nixon, the executive director of the New York-based College and Community Fellowship, which helps women get access to education after incarceration. Among the group’s suggestions were restoring Pell grants for prisoners. The grants help low-income students pay for higher education and were available for prisoners until 1994, when Congress banned

Finding College by Way of Prison

April 05, 2018 Marcus Tilly The Marshall Project “Name your favorite book, and tell the class what you like about writing,” our professor said on the first day, asking each of us to introduce ourselves. “‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X,’” I replied. “And I like writing because I can paint a picture of equality and justice with my words.” We sat at tables clustered in the middle of the library, which served as our makeshift college classroom. Our professor stood at the front of the room near the chalkboard, where he’d write up his lectures. Off to the side there was a set of computers that never seemed to work properly, and an officer’s desk. We’d read books and taken non-accredited classes i

City to Host Civic Engagement Academy Learning Sessions

City to Host Civic Engagement Academy Learning Sessions These sessions will provide Philadelphians with the tools to become leaders, organizers, and activists. PHILADELPHIA - Beginning April 17, 2018, the Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service (OCEVS) will offer a monthly series of civic engagement trainings for Philadelphians. The Civic Engagement Academy (CEA) Learning Series comes after the success of last October’s CEA 2.0 and a year that saw unprecedented interest for Philadelphians getting involved in causes and service. In 2017, OCEVS trained more than 600 Philadelphians through its community education programs, more than twice the total number of people that had attende

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Nominate Now for 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 a

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