Our Closet's Spring Pop-Up Schedule

Our Closet operates FREE pop-up shops featuring clothing and accessories for men, women, and children throughout Philadelphia! • All are welcome, NO REFERRALS NECESSARY! • All pop-ups are open from 10am-12pm • Shoppers are entitled to shop at one pop-up shop per week • Clothing is distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis • 5 item limit per adult shopper (age 16 and up) • All items are free, including professional/casual wear, children/infant clothing, as well as shoes, accessories and costume jewelry • We cannot guarantee specific sizes or styles, and inventory changes from week to week Access the Spring Pop-Up Schedule Here!

Corrections Dept. says it has no plans to give inmates original copies of their mail

February 26, 2019 - Katie Meyer - WHYY For about five months, all mail sent to inmates in Pennsylvania’s state prisons has been routed through a processing facility in Florida, where it is searched and photocopied. Inmates get the copy. The original is destroyed, though it’s digitally retained for 45 days. State officials put the policy in place after a spike in drug smuggling last year. There has since been pushback from inmates’ rights groups and families of incarcerated people. But in an annual budget hearing before the House Appropriations Committee on Monday, Corrections Secretary John Wetzel reaffirmed the policy is staying put. Read more here

Pennsylvania prisons to roll back unprecedented mail policy in legal settlement

February 22, 2019 - Samantha Melamed, The Philadelphia Inquirer As part of a legal settlement expected to be finalized in March, Pennsylvania’s state prisons will rescind a six-month-old policy lawyers said made it impossible for them to communicate confidentially with clients. The controversial policy, under which legal mail was intercepted, photocopied, and then destroyed, had been announced last September as one of a series of new security measures — many without precedent in a state prison setting — intended to prevent the smuggling of drugs into the prisons. Four civil rights groups and a state prison inmate had filed suit in federal court seeking an emergency injunction. Beginning Apri

PRC Training Recap: Understanding the Link between Traumatic Brain Injuries and Incarceration

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition's first 2019 Training event! We were lucky enough to have Dr. Gillian Murray and Dr. Claire Sitarz share a informative and comprehensive presentation with attendees, which allowed us all to refresh ourselves on the brain's functions, while learning how traumatic brain injuries of and criminal justice involvement is often linked. This presentation explored several relevant topics. Information about the prevalence of TBI and how TBI impacts and increases the vulnerability of these populations was discussed. Attendees also received training on the use of a TBI screening tool. Available funding for rehabilitation aft

The Prison Society is hiring a Social Services Director!

Position: Social Services Director Salary and Benefits: $65,000 Medical and dental insurance coverage provided. Flexible time off. Application Deadline: March 11, 2019 Start Date: April 2019 Currently the Society operates two prison programs -- a mentoring program at state prisons, and a parenting class at the Philadelphia city prisons. These programs have been operating without dedicated clinical management. That’s where this position comes in. As the new Social Services Director you will have the opportunity to strengthen, expand, and innovate their unique in-prison programming by bringing evidence-based clinical practices and trauma-informed approaches to their work. See the full descr

Apply now: Full-Time Case Manager- Community Reintegration Services Program

The Delaware Center for Justice (DCJ) seeks a full-time Case Manager for its Community Reintegration Services Program (CRSP). About the Delaware Center for Justice The Delaware Center for Justice, Inc. is the leading non-profit organization in Delaware committed to transforming the quality of justice through advocacy, policy, and practice.. What began as the Prisoner’s Aid Society in 1920 has evolved into an organization that currently serves both adults and youth who are justice-involved – transforming the delivery of justice in Delaware and implementing programs that facilitate fresh starts for victims of crime, youth at risk, and the incarcerated. We are a diverse staff with one vision –

Event - A Rising Tide: Understanding Incarceration's Multigenerational Impact on Women, Girls, a

A Rising Tide: Understanding Incarceration's Multigenerational Impact on Women, Girls, and Communities The public face of over-incarceration is overwhelmingly male. However, between 1980 and 2016, the number of incarcerated women in the U.S. increased by more than 700 percent. While research has revealed that the root causes and effects of incarceration are different for women and girls, our criminal and juvenile justice systems have largely remained gender non-responsive. As a result, too often our public health systems are left to deal with unaddressed issues of trauma, abuse, poor mental and physical health, substance abuse, and poverty. These challenges have multigenerational impacts, af

Philadelphia FIGHT is Accepting Applications for Several Positions

Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers provide culturally-competent comprehensive primary care, and state of the art HIV primary care to low-income members of the community, along with research, consumer education, advocacy, social services, and outreach to people with chronic health conditions including, people living with HIV and Hep C, formerly incarcerated persons, and young people at risk; and access to the most advanced clinical research in HIV and Hepatitis C treatment and prevention. Philadelphia FIGHT is current accepting applications for several position. We are highlighting the following (click each title to view the application and more information) : Director of the Critica

Reducing recidivism makes our communities safer | Opinion

February 19, 2019, Josh Shapiro - The Philadelphia Inquirer If you ran a company with a failure rate of 68 percent, how long do you think you would stay in business? My guess — not long. Sixty-eight percent is the failure rate for our country’s prison system. When two of every three people emerging from jail are rearrested and return to prison, it is clear our criminal justice system needs reform. There are 2 million people incarcerated in the United States, and 86,000 of them are in Pennsylvania. We are stuck in a cycle of people serving time for committed crimes, leaving prison, committing new crimes, and returning to serve more time behind bars. As Pennsylvania’s chief law enforcement off

Register now for Philadelphia's Day of Empathy

Day of Empathy is a national day of action to generate empathy on a massive scale for Americans impacted by the criminal justice system. On March 5, 2019, Americans impacted by the criminal justice system nationwide will meet with lawmakers to share their stories and experiences. For the first year ever, Philadelphia will join hundreds of individuals throughout the United States for this call to action. Register for the event here!

Eastern State Seasonal Tour Guide application deadline has been extended to March 2nd

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is looking for a few more folks to fill the position of Seasonal Tour Guide. They have extended the application deadline to Saturday, March 2. This is a part-time, seasonal position (through November 30) perfect for folks who love public speaking, enjoy working with the general public and are considering a career in museums, hospitality, tourism or education. Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site (ESPHS) seeks outgoing, engaging and passionate people for the position of Seasonal Tour Guide. This position serves as the face of ESPHS. A detailed description for the position appears below; please follow specific instructions to apply. Seasonal Tour Gu

Resolve Philly is hiring a Project Editor

THE ROLE The successful candidate will work with organizational leadership and partners to develop and execute Resolve’s newest initiative, the Identity Narrative Framework. You will help ensure the success of this initiative, making sure implementation is in accordance with the budget, timeline, and partner expectations. Additionally, you will work with consultants and project partners to manage the editorial process of a digital style guide, a central component of the Identity Narrative Framework. Partner and community engagement is a big part of all of the roles at Resolve Philadelphia. Our small-but-mighty team of talented and creative individuals work together to build and maintain rela

CEO is hiring a manager for Federal Workforce Policy

The Manager, Federal Workforce Policy will lead CEO’s efforts to engage federal officials and legislators, advocating for policies that make federal workforce programs more accessible to people coming home from incarceration. Specifically, the Manager, Federal Workforce Policy will develop and implement a strategy that aims to increase funding and revenue for individuals affected by federal and state policies related to public benefits. This will involve promoting the utilization of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding to support re-entry employment services and monitoring/influencing/advocat

Eastern State Penitentiary invites formerly incarcerated individuals to apply for the Supervisor pos

Position: Supervisor, Education and Community Engagement Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site (ESPHS) seeks an outgoing, engaging, and creative Returning Citizen to join its education department. This person will coordinate the innovative and award-winning Returning Citizens Tour Guide Project and support education and community engagement efforts for public programming. The goals of the Returning Citizens Tour Guide Project are to increase empathy and humanize the issues surrounding mass incarceration by bringing formerly incarcerated people directly in conversation with historic site visitors. These tours provide an opportunity for people who want to tell their story in an effort to de

Deadline extended to March 1st for the Reentry Think Tank’s Media Justice Fellowship

Reentry Think Tank's Media Justice Fellowship For the paid fellowship ($2000 stipend) 6 formerly incarcerated media justice fellows will be trained to become Philly's newest criminal justice journalists. Fellows will create their own news stories, each focusing on a different reentry barrier(s) that identify grass-roots and systemic solutions to those barriers. These will then get published and shared by media outlets across the Philadelphia region. Applications due Friday, March 1st at 5PM How would criminal justice journalism change if it were written by those who knew the issues best? The Reentry Think Tank’s Media Justice Fellowship will train, fund, and support formerly incarcerated men

Apply now for the Spring 2019 advocacy fellowship at the People's Paper Co-op!

Want to work with amazing women to use art as a tool for social justice? Join the People’s Paper Co-op today! This spring, formerly incarcerated women are joining together for a powerful fellowship at the People’s Paper Co-op in North Philadelphia (2558 Germantown Avenue). What is the People’s Paper Co-op? The People’s Paper Co-op (PPC) is a women led, women focused, women powered, art and advocacy project at the Village of Arts and Humanities. As a powerful group of phenomenal women, we will work together with artists, activists, and legislative experts to: Meet phenomenal women from across the city Make media campaigns that will destroy stereotypes about women in reentry Design and organiz

JEVS is hiring a Re-Entry Instructor

JEVS Human Services is expanding our Re-Entry Services and have a need for a part time Instructor. The Instructor will help prepare participants who have been released from a Philadelphia Department of Prisons (PDP) facility, PA Department of Corrections (DOC) facility, or Federal Bureau of Prison (BOP) facility, or who and have participated in any of the JEVS Prison Programs and seek to successfully transition into a high school equivalency program, credential program, apprenticeship program, the workforce, post-secondary education, or vocational training. The Instructor will facilitate classes and individual academic instruction as part of the JEVS/Temple University Reentry Program, or oth

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