PA Prison Society is Hiring a Prison Monitoring Director

The Prison Society is looking to hire a new Prison Monitoring Director On any given day, 80,000 Pennsylvanians are incarcerated in state prisons and county jails. The Pennsylvania Prison Society is uniquely positioned to monitor and advocate for humane prison conditions thanks to our unparalleled statutory access to all county and state correctional facilities in the Commonwealth. Job Description: The Prison Society is looking for an ambitious, strong, analytical and caring leader to chart the course forward for the most critical component of our work, monitoring prisons and advocating for humane conditions. For the first time, the Society is hiring a Prison Monitoring Director to serve at

CLS Release Updated Info on the Clean Slate Law

A New Law Will Expand Clearing of Criminal Records in Pennsylvania A new law called "Clean Slate" will automatically seal many criminal cases, beginning around July 2019. Automatically sealed cases will include all dropped cases (after around 60 days), summary convictions (after 10 years), and many non-violent misdemeanors (after 10 years without a new conviction). More misdemeanor convictions will also be eligible to be sealed by filing a petition, starting on 12/26/2019. They include: Some 1st degree misdemeanors; Simple assault (2nd or 3rd degree). What Cannot Be Sealed? 1st degree misdemeanors involving violent crimes and sexual offenses cannot be sealed. You cannot seal misdemeanors if:

West Philadelphia Promise Zone Volunteer Opportunities

Mighty Writers | At Mighty Writers, more than 3,000 Philadelphia and Camden kids learn to think clearly and write with clarity every year. All our programs are free to the children we serve. | Sign up at New volunteer sign-up. | Call 267-239-0899 x2 or email Rachel Loeper, Education Director Volunteer at essay nights, 1-on-1 work helping a student share his/her stories with the world High School Essay Night | Tuesday, October 23rd | 5:30–7:30pm | 1025 S. 9th St. | Help 8th graders get into high school in Philadelphia | RSVP to volunteer: College Essay Night | Thursday, October 25th | 6:00-7:30pm | 1501 S. Christian St. | Help high school sen

MENTOR Program Offers Probation Reduction

The MENTOR Program is an innovative, court-based reentry program that operates within the First Judicial District via a three-year grant from the Department of Justice and is supervised by Judge Michael E. Erdos and Judge Kai Scott. MENTOR matches Philadelphia’s young returning citizens with volunteer mentors from their communities for twelve months. After twelve months of mentoring, Participants graduate from the program with a Court Order cutting their original probation sentence and parole sentences by a whopping fifty (50) percent. MENTOR is the first reentry court program of its kind in the country. Now in its third year of operation, MENTOR’s Co-Directors, Mr. Terrill Carney and Ms.

Call for essays for upcoming criminal justice reform book from The New Press

The New Press, a public interest book publisher, and the Center for American Progress (CAP), a public policy think tank, request submission of essays for consideration to be included for publication in a book featuring criminal justice reform ideas from formerly and currently incarcerated individuals. The book has the working title of What We Know and is expected to be edited by Daryl Atkinson and Vivian Nixon, both formerly incarcerated individuals now leading criminal legal reform organizations. They are also members of the steering committee of the Formerly Incarcerated Convicted People’s Family Movement (FICPFM), a national effort to bring the voices of formerly incarcerated people and t

Why Not Prosper is Hiring a Community Health Organizer

Join those passionate about ensuring that women re-entering the community from the criminal justice system have access to health care and supports they need to succeed!We are seeking a candidate who is able to help women in our community use their voices and stories to access the services and supports they need to live a healthy, successful life. This person will connect individuals with health coverage options and support services; will work with those individuals and other to understand the problems, barriers, and other issues people face in accessing services. In addition, this person will support coalition building work to use the stories and experiences of women in re-entry to demand th

Mayors Challenge winners target justice, homeless, energy

October 29, 2018, Claudia Lauer - Associated Press The idea for a juvenile justice hub started with a handful of Philadelphia police officers who knew the way they interacted with juveniles had to change. The judges of the Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S. Mayors Challenge are willing to bet their idea will work. (Philadelphia Police Sgt. John Ross discusses the Police 9th District's juvenile holding cell in Philly - AP Photo by Matt Rourke) Bloomberg announced the nine winners Monday of the challenge that tasked cities to develop innovative solutions to their biggest problems that other cities might copy if they are successful. Each winner will receive $1 million in prize money to implement the

Philly’s new jail population reduction goal: 50 percent in 5 years

October 24, 2018, Julie Zeglen - Generocity The MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge has picked Philadelphia as a recipient of its latest round of grants. The new $4 million grant — the largest of this round — is a follow-up to a 2016 grant worth $3.5 million and will continue efforts to reduce the city’s jail population. “The initial MacArthur Foundation grant was instrumental in allowing Philadelphia to push forward with reforms that have already made a difference, evidenced by a 36 percent decline in our jail population,” said Mayor Jim Kenney in a statement. “This new award will allow us to expand the number of initiatives, enhance existing efforts, renew our focus on reduci

Expanding 'ban the box' critical for Black youth in Philly, advocates say

October 16, 2018, Michael D'Onifrio - The Philadelphia Tribune Mary Baxter thought her past was behind her. Ten years after she served seven months in prison for two felonies, Baxter earned two degrees from the Community College of Philadelphia. Her next step: Transitioning to a four-year university. (Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter's Testimony | photo by Mark Strandquist) But when the Philadelphia resident began the application process, her past came flooding back: She had to reveal that she had a criminal record on applications. “It didn’t matter that I had a 3.7 [GPA], it didn’t matter that I was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and I was in the student leadership … society,” said Baxter, 36. “Non

Uber Fired This Philly Man Over a Crime He Committed in the 1980s

October 16, 2018, Victor Fiorillo - Philly Magazine We hear a lot these days about how hard it is for someone leaving prison to reenter society and get a job. Well, it’s been literal decades since Philadelphia resident Kendall Reese walked out of jail, and he’s still running into problems. You see, Reese was recently fired from his job as an Uber driver, all because of a criminal record that starts and ends in the 1980s. Think about that. The 1980s. Cell phones were gigantic and scarce. The American public still watched Space Shuttle launches in awe. And an aged pop-culture figure had made it all the way to the White House. OK, OK, so maybe not everything has changed. But still: it was a lon

ECS is hiring a Director of Emergency Housing

The Director of Emergency Housing has oversight of ECS St. Barnabas Mission (SBM), a 100-bed emergency shelter for families. Working closely with the SBM management team, this position leads a multi-functional staff of twenty five employees carrying out 24 hour shelter operations and services to participants. The Director of Emergency Housing serves as a central point of contact with the City of Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services to maintain contract compliance, execute funder standards, and operationalize of ECS’ scope of services. This position is an integral part of ECS’ Leadership team collaborating with colleagues on fundraising, volunteer initiatives, strategic planning, data m

In North Philadelphia, equitable community development requires community engagement

October 12, 2018, Peak Johnson - Generocity Gentrification can be a scary word, and one often heard in Philadelphia. While neighborhood development projects often purport to benefit the communities where they’re taking place, the appearance of doing good doesn’t always equal the desired effect. Longtime residents can feel left out of these sometimes-huge projects concerning their neighborhoods when they don’t have much input into whatever is planned. So, how can Philadelphians help improve their neighborhoods without gentrification taking place? How can they take an idea or important issue and transform it into something more without the assistance of outside dollars or leadership? Read the

PowerCorps Philadelphia has New Job Openings!

PowerCorps has several new job opportunities! Launched in September 2013, PowerCorpsPHL is a City of Philadelphia AmeriCorps initiative. Operated in partnership with EducationWorks and the Philadelphia Youth Network, PowerCorpsPHL engages Opportunity Youth in transforming their lives through service. PowerCorpsPHL enrolls members in full-time AmeriCorps service for 6 months with City departments to tackle pressing environmental challenges, including the need for improved stormwater management, increased tree coverage, and revitalized public land. Through a rigorous combination of service and training, corps members develop and practice essential 21st Century workforce skills, including time

PHMC is Hiring a Career Pathways and Educational Supports Service Coordinator

The Career pathways and Educational Supports Service Coordinator will provide additional support to underemployed Treatment Court participants between the ages of 18-24 by improving their employability to achieve healthier lifestyles. This is attained by supporting the case management unit with assessment, planning and linkage to education, vocation and employment services for identified participants. In addition, the CPE Coordinator works in collaboration with Forensic Services/Treatment Court Management team to identify appropriate assessment tools and establish referral agreements with a defined group of vocational/employment/education providers. Apply now on their website!

Urban Institute Highlights the People's Paper Coop in Series on Creative Placemaking and Communi

This report, by Urban Institute research analyst Sino Esthappan, describes how the People’s Paper Co-op redesigns reentry services to uniquely improve the well-being of formerly incarcerated individuals in Philadelphia through arts and cultural activities. Through interviews with returning women and men, People’s Paper Co-op staff, and funders, this case study finds that inviting people exiting jails and prisons to participate in and lead reform, building community around their shared experience, and employing arts and culture as vehicles for reform all hold transformative potential to enhance the design and delivery of reentry services. Read the full report here!

Apply for the "Your Money, Your Goals" 2019 Cohort

If your organization serves economically vulnerable populations and you are interested in gaining more intensive support for your consumer financial empowerment efforts, you can apply for the Your Money, Your Goals 2019 cohort. They are looking for approximately 40 organizations from across the country that are interested in using the Your Money, Your Goals toolkit, issue-focused booklets, and companion guides to help build the financial well-being of the people they serve. Members of the cohort will receive training, materials, and technical assistance, including support to develop and execute their Your Money, Your Goals implementation plans. The Office of Community Affairs is interested i

JPMorganChase AdvancingCities Challenge: City of Philadelphia Process for Support and Endorsement

The JPMorganChase AdvancingCities Challenge is a five-year initiative to invest in solutions that bolster the long-term vitality of the world’s cities and the communities within them that have not benefited from economic growth. The Challenge will make investments in cities to support creative, collaborative and sustainable solutions that address cross-cutting challenges to help more people benefit from a growing economy. The Challenge has three primary goals: 1. Accelerate the progress of cities with a comprehensive understanding of the biggest challenges facing their communities; 2. Drive collaboration between public, private, and not-for-profit actors to advance big ideas that tackle pers

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