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CEO is Hiring a Deputy Executive Director!

The Center for Employment Opportunities is seeking a resilient and passionate Deputy Executive Director to oversee CEO’s programs in the Mid-Atlantic region, which includes their Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Memphis offices, as well as an additional region which will result from CEO’s continued expansion. The ideal candidate will have experience leading teams and growing programs within fast-paced, results-focused, and dynamic environments. The Deputy Executive Director will ensure that all offices with the region are on track to meet performance outcomes and operate sustainably, as well as hire, lead, and develop a high-performing team of regional leadership and support staff w

PA Prison Society Releases its First Digital Annual Report!

For the first time ever the Pennsylvania Prison Society has released a digital annual report. The report includes statistics, testimonies, measurable impact, and much more. If you are interested in reading the report it can be accessed here!

80 graduate from program that finds employment for men and women with a criminal past

November 27, 2018, Cherri Gregg - KYW Newsradio (the Uplift Workforce Solutions gradtuation ceremony at Temple/photo by Cherri Gregg) Brandon McCoy describes his vision for himself: "To be productive and make good decisions." McCoy is one of 80 men and women who completed Uplift Workforce Solutions, a program that provides four weeks of life skills training and two weeks of technical training to the formerly incarcerated and puts them to work. After walking across the stage at Temple's Mitten Hall at a graduation ceremony on Tuesday, he will start a job at Brown's ShopRite in Philadelphia as an overnight grocery clerk. "I am super excited. This is a great opportunity," he said. "It's just a

Live at the Library! with Beyond the Bars, TCRC, and Chill Moody

Live at the Library! hosted by Beyond the Bars and the Free Library of Philadelphia Sat, December 1, 2018 1:00 p.m. at the Music Department at Parkway Central Library Join us for the first in a new series featuring local, activist-led discussion followed by an intimate free concert! Saturday December 1's premier session features guest speaker Jondhi Harrell of TCRC (The Center for Returning Citizens), as well as performances by Beyond the Bars students, and Philly rapper Chill Moody. Beyond the Bars is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to teaching youth who have been impacted by the incarceration system. The Music Department at the Free Library of Philadelphia is a free, conservatory quality music

Meek Mill: Prisoners Need a New Set of Rights

November 26, 2018, Meek Mill - the New York Times I’m blessed — I’m busy recording an album and catching up with friends and fans as my family and I make plans to celebrate the holidays. It’s a far cry from last year, when the season passed with me behind bars. I send my prayers to all those who are still in the web of the system: Please know you are not forgotten. Like many who are currently incarcerated, I was the victim of a miscarriage of justice — carried out by an untruthful officer, as determined by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, and an unfair judge. My crime? Popping a wheelie on a motorcycle in Manhattan. Even though the charge was dismissed in a New York City court, a

The Office of Criminal Justice is Hiring a Stepping Up Project Manager!

Position Summary: The Project Manager will be tasked with executing Philadelphia’s Stepping Up Initiative: https://stepuptogether.org/ The primary ongoing responsibility is for management of projects and initiatives related to enhancing the City’s efforts to create alternatives to incarceration for the seriously mentally ill. The Project Manager oversees the planning, implementation, and tracking of specific projects, as well as the development of a cohesive strategy. The Project Manager is also responsible for coordinating activities and ongoing collaborations, including communications with community-based organizations, City departments, and other stakeholders. The Project Manager will fre

Why is Malcolm Jenkins bailing out Philly criminal defendants?

November 26, 2018, Samantha Melamed - The Philadelphia Inquirer On Sunday afternoon, defensive back Malcolm Jenkins made a red-zone interception that could turn out to be a season-saving play for the Eagles. By Monday morning, he had turned his attention to a more serious matter — if such a thing is even possible in the city of Philadelphia. Jenkins, a cofounder of the social-justice advocacy group, the Players Coalition, was at the Kensington nonprofit Impact Services to call for reforms to the city's money bail system, which he called unjust and racist. Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, Jenkins and other Eagles players posted $25,000 — matched by another $25,000 from the Eagles Social Jus

Why Raj Jayadev is helping Philly’s criminal justice system adopt participatory defense

November 21, 2018, Grace Shallow - Generocity Albert Cobarrubias was the first homicide of 2010 in San Jose, California. But Raj Jayadev remembers the young man as more than a grave statistic. Cobarrubias, who had just graduated from San Jose State University, aspired to be a lawyer for the under-served. He was also volunteering with Silicon Valley De-Bug, a grassroots advocacy and storytelling nonprofit that Jayadev co-founded. So Jayadev honored him by creating the Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project (ACJP), San Jose’s hub for participatory defense, a model that connects community members with the criminal justice system in hopes of better advocacy for people facing a judge. He said the sup

Apply Now for William T. Grant Inequality Research Grants up to $600,000

November 20, 2018 - PHENND In recent years, inequality in the United States has become pervasive. At the same time, prospects for social mobility have decreased. The William T. Grant Foundation believes that the research community can play a critical role in reversing these trends. To that end, the foundation, which seeks to improve the lives of youth between the ages 5 and 25, is accepting applications in support of research projects designed to advance understanding in the area of inequalities in youth development and/or increase understanding of how research is acquired, understood, and used, as well as the circumstances that shape its use in decision making. Through its Research program,

5,000 inmates with hepatitis C sued Pa. prisons. Now, they’re on their way to getting treatment

November 19. 2018 , Samantha Melamed - The Philadelphia Inquirer In 2013, a cure for hepatitis C — a chronic viral infection that, if untreated, can lead to fatal liver disease — was brought to market. But who would get the $100,000 lifesaving treatment? That's been a subject of political and legal battles ever since. In May 2017, the Wolf administration announced that Pennsylvania would expand Medicaid coverage of the treatment to anyone with hepatitis C, instead of treating only those with signs of liver damage. Now, through a legal settlement filed for approval Monday in federal court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, approximately 5,000 incarcerated Pennsylvanians who have hepati

John Pace and His Friends Expected to Die in Prison

November 16, 2018, Katie Rose Quandt - The Nation On a Saturday morning in early June, 15 men in their 40s, 50s, and 60s gathered in a drab conference room on the Philadelphia Community College campus. They greeted each other cheerfully, joking and laughing as they helped themselves to coffee, fruit cups, and pastries. (John Pace pictured in the middle) John Pace, seated at the head of the table in a T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase, “Proudly serving in the war on injustice,” made a phone call to a no-show who lived around the corner. “It would be good to have you. We need your wisdom, man!” he said, grinning as he listed everyone in attendance. “We’re here till one! Brush your teeth, wash

Exonerated death-row inmates push Pa. to abolish capital punishment

November 16, 2018, Aaron Moselle - WHYY Witness to Innocence, a national anti-death penalty organization based in Philadelphia, staged an event in the city Thursday calling for Pennsylvania to abolish the death penalty. Led by exonerated death row inmates, WTI uses the first-hand experiences of the wrongly convicted to push for an end to executions in the U.S. — calling the death penalty the biggest problem in a “fatally flawed” criminal justice system. (At the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia Thursday, the national anti-death penalty organization Witness to Innocence calls for Pennsylvania to abolish the death penalty. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)) The nonprofit used the event to hig

Is a Philadelphia Agency's Seizure of Vehicles a New Form of Civil Asset Forfeiture?

Nov 14, 2018, Ryan Briggs - The Appeal In November 2017, Iyo Bishop of Philadelphia was arrested on assault charges after a boyfriend, who she said was abusive, accused her of striking him with an SUV. City police picked her up after spotting the vehicle parked on the street weeks later. Bishop maintained her innocence but was cuffed and thrown in a squad car. She then watched in disbelief as an officer hopped in her 2002 Jeep Liberty and drove off. Although the charges against Bishop were eventually dropped, she never saw her vehicle again. Police sold the Jeep at auction for $1,155 in storage fees they had assessed while the case made its way through the court system. Philadelphia’s decade

The FJD Court of Common Pleas is Hiring a Reentry Coordinator

Position: Reentry Coordinator Open to new applicants, promotion or transfer One Year Grant Funded Position*This is a one year grant funded position with the possibility of a one year extension based on grant funding* Salary: $60,000 annually Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 @ 4:00 PM Requirements Bachelors’ degree (Master’s Degree preferred) AND two years’ experience in reentry programs, restorative justice, victim advocacy or related field OR Six years of experience in reentry programs, restorative justice, victim advocacy or related field. Experience with governmental, judicial and community agencies Experience supporting, empowering and managing people Familiarity

Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellowship Opportunities!

The Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellowship is a two-year, full-time, hands-on position for early career professionals. Fellows work collaboratively with a host organization and the Stoneleigh Foundation to execute a project that advances the missions of these organizations and enhances Fellows’ professional skills and leadership development. The Fellowship provides salary, benefits, and a stipend for professional development. Interested in Applying? Please see below for details on the five 2019-2021 Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellowship projects. Health Promotion Council & CeaseFirePA Drexel University’s Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab Philadelphia FIGHT’s Youth Health Empowerment Pr

Bread and Roses Community Fund Grant Opportunity

Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative The Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative provides grants to organizations using community organizing for criminal justice reform. Grantees target issues that include (but are not limited to) police accountability, racially biased sentencing policies, growth of the for-profit prison industry, criminalization of youth, and the death penalty. The Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative makes grants to community groups that are building a base for taking collective action against injustices within the criminal legal system and have a long-term vision and engage strategies that promote justice within the criminal legal system This opportunity awards $2,000 to $6,000

Eastern State Penitentiary is Collecting Gifts for Children with Incarcerated Parents

Donate a toy November 30 - December 21, 2018 in exchange for "Buy One, Get One Free" admission to ESP. One in 28 American kids has a parent behind bars. In Pennsylvania alone, there are approximately 81,096 children with a parent incarcerated in a PA state prison. What are the holidays like for these families? Eastern State Penitentiary partners with Philadelphia FIGHT’s Institute for Community Justice, Why Not Prosper, and the Center for Returning Citizens to collect gifts for local children with incarcerated parents. From November 30 through December 21, any Eastern State visitor who donates a new toy or children's book, in its original packaging (but please no gift wrap), will be granted

Philabundance Community Kitchen Open Houses Return

Philabundance Community Kitchen's mission is to promote the self-sufficiency of able-bodied, low-income adults through training and placement in a commercial kitchen setting, while at the same time, providing meals to agencies that feed people in need. Much of the food used during training is donated product collected from area food businesses. Meals prepared through this program are distributed to homeless and other hungry neighbors. Check the brochure here!

The Office of Criminal Justice is Hiring!

Job Description Salary: $60,000-$65,000 The OCJ is seeking an individual to coordinate the implementation of the Root Causes Project (RCP). The RCP is a grant-funded, collaborative effort between the Office of Criminal Justice and its many City and County criminal justice partner agencies. RCP will develop an asset-based framework to support the capacity across Philadelphia’s criminal justice system to make impactful referrals to reentry programs and other health and social services by facilitating the development of both shared and agency-specific referral toolkits. For example, these toolkits could include strengths-based needs assessments, resource lists, training materials, program devel

Empowering formerly justice-involved people, improving reentry reform efforts

November 9, 2018, Laura Seabrooks and Sino Esthappan - Urban Institute The Philadelphia Reentry Coalition is in its fourth year of the Home for Good initiative. Through better system wide coordination, the ambitious citywide effort aims to slash Philadelphia’s high recidivism rates for people returning from jails and prisons by 25 percent in five years. With rates as high as 34 percent in 2015, the city and the coalition had a lot of work ahead of them to reach their target by 2020. In the past three years, Philadelphia has made great progress toward reforming its criminal justice system, which was plagued with incarceration rates well above Pennsylvania and national averages and growing rac

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