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US Department of Labor Grant Opportunity for Reentry Employment and Training Programs

The US Dept of Labor has just announced its annual REO grant opportunity for comprehensive reentry education, training and employment programs for youth and adults. Reentry Projects (RP-3) SUMMARY FOA-ETA-19-01-A and FOA-ETA-19-01-YA Department of Labor: Employment and Training Administration DUE: April 25, 2019 4:00pm: Application Link A Prospective Applicant Webcast will be available on March 29, 2019 at https://reo.workforcegps.org/ Purpose and Program Design: Comprehensive reentry employment and training programs for youth or adults, using evidence-based, evidence-informed interventions or promising practices suggested by theory or research Include at least one of the following ap

Apply Now: Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is accepting applications for the FY 2019 Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative grant program. The program aims to provide support to organizations as they strengthen and/or expand their existing mentoring activities with active chapters, sub-awardees, and/or other mentoring organizations. Mentoring activities include direct one-on-one, group, peer, or a combination of these types of mentoring services for at-risk and high-risk youth populations. The solicitation provides further details about the application process and selection criteria. Applications are due by April 22. Read more at CSG's websit

Pa. prisons fail to support incarcerated women | Opinion

March 26, 2019, Morgan B. Cephas - The Philadelphia Inquirer A recent report from the Philadelphia Women’s Commission shows that as of July 2018, there were 453 women held in custody of the Philadelphia Prison Department. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reports that nationwide, women are the fastest growing prison population, with majority of female prisoners incarcerated for non-violent offenses with an overwhelming number of them victims of sexual assault and the majority of them primary caregivers for young children. In addition, the criminal justice and prison systems, which have historically serviced a majority male population, lack many of the policies and resources that addr

Notes from the Field: Evidence-Based Practice Research as Responsible Practice

February 15, 2019, John Wetzel - National Institute of Justice It sounds embarrassingly simple: Stop doing things that don’t work and do more of the things that do. Yet we blindly pour millions of dollars into corrections programs and practices without demanding improved outcomes like reduced violence or recidivism. When you consider the stakes of corrections work and the sheer volume of the lives we impact, I see basing decisions and policies on research as the only means to go about responsible practice. At the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, research has become part of the fiber of who we are as an organization. In 2014 we began a long-term partnership with New York University’s B

Philadelphia can’t afford the price of hiring bias | Opinion

March 25, 2019, Claudia De Palma - The Philadelphia Inquirer Poverty in Philadelphia is tenacious. Despite a growing population and economy, Philadelphia is still the poorest of the country’s 10 largest cities, with a poverty rate stuck at 26 percent. Any effort to solve this problem must include a class of Philadelphians who are often ignored: the city’s estimated 400,000 adult residents with criminal records. Finding living-wage employment is a critical step toward economic stability. For Philadelphians with criminal records, however, this door out of poverty is often slammed shut. Criminal background checks have become a ubiquitous part of the job application process. According to a 2012

Apply Now: Research and Evaluation on Promising Reentry Initiatives Program

The U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for the 2019 Research and Evaluation on Promising Reentry Initiatives program, which aims to generate knowledge on best practices in reentry initiatives and support the rigorous examination of innovative reentry initiatives, including those in rural communities. NIJ is interested in supporting evaluations of innovative reentry initiatives that focus on youth, young adults (aged 18-24), and adults with a moderate-to-high risk of reoffending. A particular focus on the risk of reoffending with a violent crime is encouraged. These initiatives may be applicable to juvenile residential facilities, institut

The City's Criminal Justice and Public Safety Cabinet is seeking a Senior Director of the Office

The Deputy Managing Director of Criminal Justice and Public Safety oversees a cluster of agencies that deal directly with the criminal justice and public safety systems. The cabinet is designed to provide coordination between the Police Department (PPD), Fire Department (PFD), Prisons Department (PDP), Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and Department of Licenses & Inspections (L & I); and direct the Office of Criminal Justice (OCJ), the Office of Violence Prevention (OVP), the soon to be formed Office of Reentry Partnership (ORP), and the Counsel Fees Unit. Additionally, the division serves as the liaison to the First Judicial District, District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office, a

The Reentry Coalition is Now Accepting Nominations for the 2019 Reentry Month Awards!

The Philadelphia Reentry Coalition is inviting nominations for our second annual Reentry Month Awards! These awards will recognize people and/or organizations in different categories, and be presented at the Reentry Celebration and Awards Ceremony during Reentry Month in June. PLEASE NOTE: - 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. - You may not nominate yourself or you organization - Nominations are due April 19, 2019. This year's awards are as follows: OUTST

Krasner: 'Mass supervision' is the 'evil twin' of mass incarceration

March 21, 2019, Ryan Briggs, WHYY Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner is moving to end the practice of seeking lengthy probation and parole sentences for many people in the city’s criminal justice system, a system he referred to as “mass supervision” –– the “evil twin” of mass incarceration. At a Thursday press conference, the defense attorney-turned-reformist prosecutor said his office would seek to limit the length of these sentences to 12 months for misdemeanors and three years for felonies, except in instances where state law mandates a longer term. “This new policy is about expanding individual justice because it’s wrong to keep a parolee trapped in a system that overwhelmingly

The Reentry Thinktank announces 7 new Media Justice Fellows!

Meet Philadelphia’s Newest Criminal Justice Journalists… Formerly incarcerated men, women, and youth are partnering with media outlets through a new Media Justice Fellowship to publish articles, op-eds, radio pieces, and short films in an effort to identify solutions to urgent justice issues "We want you to know that directly impacted folks are the experts of their own experiences. We are not a sound bite, headline or statistical talking point. We, just like everyone else in society, are complex human beings with complicated lives, and stories." -Abd’Allah Lateef, Lead Media Justice Fellow What if news stories about the criminal justice system were written by those who knew the issues best…f

Register for the Philadelphia Apprenticeship Readiness Program

More about entry requirements: Not all the trades require a HS Diploma or GED, so neither do we (80-90% do, but not all). For someone to get the most out of this program and have a good chance to be placed afterwards, they should be 18 years old or older, have a valid drivers license, have a decent vehicle, and be ready to work hard during the program and go to work after; if the opportunity arises. Register with: Michael Schurr ARP Coordinator Philadelphia Building Trades 856-701-8013 arpphiladelphia@gmail.com Click here to download the PDF

The Philadelphia Reentry Coalition is Hiring!

How to Apply: You can apply here or visit: www.serve.phila.gov/VISTA and download our Application. Applications are due April 30th, 2019 at 11:59pm. Download the complete PDF with more information here

Former Juvenile Lifers Need a Pressure Valve [Op-Ed]

March 7, 2019, Abd'Allah Lateef and Kenrya Rankin - ColorLines Abd’Allah Wali Lateef of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth makes the case for social service, mental health and parole policy reform to help former life-sentenced children successfully return to society. (Courtesy of the Reentry Think Tank) African Americans have traveled a long, turbulent path in this county. Almost 11 million of our ancestors were kidnapped and enslaved in the Americas, and that shameful institution set the stage for centuries of racialized discrimination and inequality that we have yet to dismantle. Accordingly, a word—a call, really—that has resounded throughout our history is that of “freedom.” I

City Council honors Meek Mill

March 14, 2019, Michael D'Onofrio - The Philadelphia Tribune Philadelphia’s hometown rapper Meek Mill brought his message of criminal justice reform to City Hall Thursday. And City Council responded by honoring Mill with a proclamation designating Friday through Sunday as Meek Mill Weekend. (Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clark, Meek Mill, and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson - The Philadelphia Tribune/Michael D'Onofrio) During a presentation ceremony before the City Council meeting, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson said Mill has “stepped up and taken his advocacy to the next level to make sure our justice system is just and fair for everyone.” The City Council resolution honored Mill for

ESP Featured in the New York Times! - A Former Prison Breaks From the System That Built It

March 12, 2019, Shannon Eblen - The New York Times Built as a punishing fortress in 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary sat a mile and a half outside Philadelphia, isolated behind 30-foot walls, a model of solitary confinement imitated around the world. The prison remained in use for the next 142 years, even as Philadelphia grew around it. It closed in 1971; then the site was rescued in the 1980s and stabilized, preserved in a permanent state of decay. Today, the brick and stone of the vaulted ceilings are crumbling. Layers of paint are flaking off the walls, and floors are heaped with dirt and dust. Inside the cells, beds and tables are toppled, drawers ajar, frozen in time. The building once

Seriously Ill Federal Prisoners Freed As Compassionate Release Law Takes Effect

March 15, 2019, Carrie Johnson - NPR Last October, a federal prisoner named Richard Evans noticed a suspicious mass in his neck. He reported the condition to prison officials in Louisiana. Nothing happened. Evans, 74, is a former doctor who was convicted of conspiracy, fraud and distributing oxycodone and hydrocodone. He received a five-year sentence. On Thursday afternoon, about 22 months into his prison term, Evans was freed on compassionate release — the result of a new law that allows inmates with serious illnesses to make their pleas to a federal judge if the Federal Bureau of Prisons fails to act. Evans took his case to U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt, who found that Evans had present

Compass Offers Pro Bono Consulting

March 12, 2019 - PHENND Compass is gearing up for its next round of Classic Projects and invites Greater Philadelphia area eligible nonprofits to contact them to talk about potential engagements. Compass offers pro bono consulting in the following service lines: Board Development, Funding Strategy, Partnerships & Collaborations, Strategic Alignment, and Strategic Marketing. Important Dates: April 12 – Classic Client Application opens May 1 – Prospective Client Information Session> RSVP here June 8 – Application deadline Deadline: June 8, 2019 Contact for Additional information: For more information: Visit the Compass website Review the FAQ Contact Compass if you have questions about which p

Office of Adult Education announces professional services contracts to establish myPLACE℠ Campuses

myPLACE℠ Campus eContract #21190307115139 Office of Adult Education announces professional services contracts to establish myPLACE℠ Campuses This request for proposals (RFP) for the Office of Adult Education, issued by the Managing Director's Office, seeks to establish two (2) separate contracts for $45,000 each and three (3) separate contracts each for $80,000, to establish and/or maintain a myPLACE℠ Campus in a high need area of Philadelphia. Each myPLACE℠ Campus is required to provide: Client intake. Standardized assessment. Placement into adult education programs at myPLACE℠ partner agencies Eligibility Applicants MUST be non-profit organizations with demonstrated experience in serving a

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