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Ceremony for the Donation of Reentry Bill of Rights to The Free Library June 7th

The Free Library will be accepting and including the Reentry Think Tank's Reentry Bill of Rights in their permanent collection and, to honor the occasion, the men and women in reentry who organized the project want to give 4 additional copies to advocates, allies, and system stakeholders. The Reentry Bill of Rights is the first of it's kind and was co-authored by more than 1200 Philadelphians with criminal records. The document was centered on the question "What do we need to stay free?" and is printed with portraits and text on paper made from shredded criminal records. THE REENTRY BILL OF RIGHTS: A Blueprint for Keeping Us Free The Reentry Think Tank spent two years interviewing over 1200

Re-entry Blueprint- Stories and Solutions from the Formerly Incarcerated: June 19th!

Re-entry Blueprint- Stories and Solutions from the Formerly Incarcerated hosted by Frontline Dads ​​ Date: June 19, 2019 Where: The Rotunda 4014 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm Description: The event is intended to advance the conversation on reentry in Philadelphia by providing a platform for formerly incarcerated people to present effective models that address the challenges facing others with criminal histories.

Reentry Coalition June Training Event: Overdose Prevention with Returning Citizens

Join the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University, the SOL Collective and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health for a training on opioid overdose response. The training will consist of the following: an overview of the opioid crisis in Philadelphia, the heightened risk of overdose for people being released from jail or prison, and the war on drugs. We will conclude with a training on how to help someone who is overdosing. This 90 minute training is intended for anyone who is interested in learning how to respond to an overdose, who works with people who are incarcerated or recently released, or anyone interested in learning more about the opioid crisis and how it impacts

Pennsylvania Poised to Reform Probation and Parole

May 21, 2019, The Council of State Governments Justice Center Staff - The CSG Justice Center Pennsylvania has the highest rate of people on parole in the country and a ballooning probation population, but three Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) bills that passed the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month could change that. These bills, part of a larger effort to reform probation and parole in Pennsylvania, are backed by Governor Tom Wolf and have bipartisan support, with at least 15 co-sponsors for each bill. Together, the three JRI bills aim to improve sentencing practices and reduce recidivism while upholding public safety. Senate Bill (SB) 500 would form a county a

ONE-STOP LEGAL SHOP: The Equal Justice Center will bring 12 community legal groups under one roof, t

May 16, 2019, Jon Hurdle - The Philadelphia Citizen A Philadelphia mother recently found herself unable to pay her mortgage, in part because her estranged husband had stopped paying child support. She was on the brink of foreclosure, with a sheriff’s sale of her home not far behind. Desperate to save her home, the woman went to Philadelphia Legal Assistance, at 7th and Arch streets, which provides free civil legal services to low-income Philadelphians. PLA obtained court enforcement of spousal support and then referred her to another legal aid group, Community Legal Services, at Broad and Chestnut streets. There, she told her story again, to a different lawyer, who helped her apply successfu

Bill would aid prison inmates who train to be barber, cosmetologists but can't get licenses to w

May 22, 2019, Alyssa Biederman - The Harrisburg Bureau In Pennsylvania, prisoners can train for jobs as barbers and cosmetologists, but many of them struggle to get licenses to work in those fields after their release because of their criminal convictions. Two bills — one in the Senate and one in the House — would prohibit the state from denying or revoking occupational licenses based solely on a person’s criminal history, as long as their crimes were not directly related to their desired profession. This stems from a larger effort to update Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system to help people return to the world after prison. It comes on the heels of another effort in 2018, called the Clea

Philly judge stuns wrongly convicted juvenile lifer by setting him free after 21 years in prison

May 22, 2019, Samantha Melamed - The Philadelphia Inquirer After fighting for 21 years to be exonerated of participating in a 1996 West Philadelphia murder, Terrance Lewis had given up. He withdrew his petition to vacate his conviction in February — an agonizing decision — to clear the way to be resentenced after a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that automatic life-without-parole sentences for juveniles were illegal. It would mean he’d get out of prison eventually — but he’d be on parole for life, and his name would never be cleared. Tuesday, something happened at his resentencing that neither Lewis and his lawyers, nor the District Attorney’s Office, whose Conviction Integrity Unit had been

Southwest Philadelphia Job Fair - May 30th

The Southwest Police Division is hosting a job fair! When: Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 10:00am to 2:00pm Where: Sayre Morris Recreation Center located at 5835 Spruce St in West Philadelphia . Please share if you know anyone looking for a job.

CLS is Hosting a Free Expungement Clinic - June 20th!

Join CLS for a free expungment clinic during Reentry Month 2019! Date: June 20, 2019 Location: 1410 W. Erie Ave, Philadelphia, PA Time: 5:00pm -7:00pm ___________________________________________________ Expungements are a way to clear your criminal record. Under Pennsylvania law, any charges that did not result in conviction are eligible to be expunged. This includes all dismissed, withdrawn, nolle prossed, and not guilty charges and if you completed a special program such as ARD, the Small Amount of Marijuana Program, or Section 17. Additionally, summary-level convictions are eligible for expungement if you have been free of arrest or prosecution for five years following the summary conv

PLSE is hiring a Staff Attorney for the Reentry Program!

Staff Attorney – Reentry Program Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) is looking to hire a full-time attorney to provide services in North Philadelphia as part of the JEVS/Temple Reentry Workforce Development Program, which begins this month. The attorney should be in their first or second year of practice. ** NOTE: PLSE expects to be able to hire a second attorney, requiring similar credentials, for a staff position in the Pardon Project beginning in August. Candidates should indicate whether they would also like to be considered for the second position when its funding is secured. About JEVS/Temple Reentry Workforce Development Program JEVS Human Services and Temple University ar

PLSE is hiring an Executive Director!

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) is looking to appoint an Executive Director, to begin by September 3, 2019. ABOUT PLSE Founded in 2010, PLSE provides free legal representation to low income residents of Philadelphia whose criminal records are holding them back from achieving their potential as productive, contributing citizens. The services include seeking expungements in criminal court and pardons from the Governor, educating elected and community leaders, creating community-based Pardon Hubs, and empowering under-resourced communities to seek a greater voice and needed systemic reforms. PLSE is a fast-growing organization that has significantly expanded in

Restorative Practices – Creating Cohesive Culture, June 5

May 21, 2019, PHENND This session will deliver tools and techniques necessary for successfully creating and maintaining a restorative culture in your organization. By the end of the session participants will begin to: Recognize restorative as culture that builds healthy communities Create restorative programs that support the growth and leadership of the community your organizations serve Understand the importance of relationships and authentic feedback Create Community Agreements Date and Time: June 5, 2019 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM Location: HIVE 30 S. 15th Street, 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA To register for the event please use this registration form before Tuesday, May 28th. Ideally, there shoul

This former death row inmate now makes jewelry out of his home in the Philly suburbs for other exone

May 16, 2019, Erica Commisso - The Philadelphia Inquirer Kirk Bloodsworth has been through hell. In 1984, at 22, he was charged in Maryland with the murder of a girl he didn’t know — 9-year-old Dawn Hamilton. She had been sexually assaulted, strangled, and beaten with a rock. Bloodsworth was convicted and sentenced to death. The problem was, he wasn’t guilty. Bloodsworth spent nine years in prison, including two years on death row, reading and trying to find a way out. He found it in DNA testing after discovering the work of British geneticist Alec Jeffries. DNA testing eventually led authorities to Kimberly Raffner, an acquaintance in Bloodsworth’s cellblock whose DNA matched the sample fou

Submit Your Letter of Intent for Valentine Foundation Grants by June 30th

In keeping with their mission to fund social change for women and girls, the Valentine Foundation has adopted four of the Women’s Funding Network’s Indicators of Social Change to structure its grantmaking. These Indicators provide a powerful tool for Valentine Foundation Trustees to review grant requests. Equally as important, the Indicators offer a framework through which grantees can assess their social change impact. By applying the Indicators to our grantmaking, the Valentine Foundation becomes an even more influential agent for social change for women and girls. Grant applicants have to demonstrate how their organization, or the program or project for which they are requesting a grant,

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invites Proposals for Partnering with Systems to Disrupt Dehumanizati

May 21, 2019 - PHENND Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invites Proposals for Partnering with Systems to Disrupt Dehumanization Program Through a broad set of investments collectively called Forward Promise, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation works to expand and promote the health and well-being of boys and young men of color (BYMOC). The Forward Promise national program office was launched in 2016 with the specific goal of helping BYMOC heal, grow, and thrive by investing in direct service programs and policy reform efforts that address racialized trauma as a root cause of negative health outcomes among BYMOC and in the communities where they live. Forward Promise currently is accepting applic

Roddenberry Fellowship - applications due June 13th

The Roddenberry Fellowship is a 12-month program that offers Fellows $50,000 to take an existing initiative (e.g. campaign, organization) to the next level and amplify its impact OR to launch a new initiative. The Roddenberry Fellowship is focused on defending and protecting Civil Rights; Immigration & Refugee Rights; LGBTQIA & Women’s Rights; and the Environment. The Roddenberry Fellowship will support existing initiatives as well as new projects. Eligibility The Roddenberry Foundation welcomes Fellowship applications from individuals who meet all of the following: United States citizens, permanent residents, DACA recipients, or current visa holders who reside in the 50 United States or its

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