PA Department of Corrections Establishes New Guidelines for Reentry Services in the Community

‘This is About Using Our Budget Dollars Wisely’: PA. Corrections Dept. Establishes New Guidelines for Former Inmates Seeking Help Stephen Caruso - October 30, 2019 As it tries to plug a $140 million budget hole, the state Department of Corrections has started screening inmates who want help securing housing, employment and other support services after they’re released from prison. The new policy, announced in a memo to agency staff and contractors in mid-October, is part of an ongoing effort to rein in spending on reentry services — the wide array of programs designed to deter recidivism and help former inmates get back on their feet in their communities. The department spent $18 million on

PDP Estimates They Will Cure 700 People with Hepatitis C in the Course of a Year

Philly Jails to Spend $9 Million on Hepatitis C Treatment Nina Feldman - October 30, 2019 The Philadelphia Department of Prisons has started testing all inmates for hepatitis C and treating those who will be incarcerated long enough to be cured. Officials at the jail estimate they will cure 700 people in the course of a year, costing $9 million in city funds. The move comes on the heels of a settlement resulting from a 2018 class-action lawsuit in which the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections agreed to provide hepatitis C treatment to inmates. Philadelphia civil rights attorney David Rudovsky litigated the suit on behalf of the inmates and built a case that hepatitis C needed to be treate

Join Philly Counts for Full-Day Summit on Neighborhood Census Action

Philly Counts Action Leader Summit Please join the Philly Counts team at our Action Leaders Summit. This is a full-day summit focused on training and planning for census actions at the neighborhood level. You will have the opportunity to hear from national organizations, local officials, and experienced community organizers on tips and tactics to plan better community work and reach your audiences more effectively. Please remember that attending a Census Champion Training session is a prerequisite to signing up for the Action Leaders Summit. If you have not attended a Census Champion Training session in person, the training is available online at:

Pennsylvania Council of Churches Seeks Returning Citizens Who Have Experienced Solitary Confinement

The Pennsylvania Council of Churches is seeking returning citizens who have experienced solitary confinement to join a Speaker's Bureau and share their stories to educate the faith community about issues of criminal justice. Educational programming throughout the state will mobilize people to join the Movement to End Solitary Confinement in Pennsylvania. Speakers will be offered a stipend in exchange for their time and to cover travel expenses. Contact Emily Schmid at or Sandy Strauss at for more information about this opportunity.

Redemption Housing Seeking Partners to Assist in Planning of Day One Challenge; A Reentry Advocacy I

Redemption Housing is hoping to expand the reach and impact of the Day One Challenge (D1C) by collaborating with other Coalition members. D1C has been envisioned as a staple of reentry awareness and advocacy like that of the Annual Autism Walk, Lupus Walk, etc. We would love to have you join our planning committee to help secure sponsorships, organize the event, etc. You can also help during the event — we need volunteers to help with leading, registration, and providing participant support. This three-hour immersion experience will place you “in the shoes” of Philadelphia’s returning citizens. Experience a glimpse of the first days and weeks that follow their release. To complete the Day On

Inquirer Releases In Depth Report on the Flaws of Pennsylvania's Probation System

The Probation Trap Samantha Melamed and Dylan Purcell - October 24, 2019 Pennsylvania has one of the nation's highest rates of supervision, driven by unusual laws that leave judges unchecked. But many people fail, ending up in jail or in a cycle of ever more probation. In Pennsylvania, as across the country, crime rates have fallen to their lowest point in decades. But over that same time, the rate of incarceration in Pennsylvania state prisons and county jails nearly quadrupled while the number on probation or parole also grew almost four times larger, to 290,000 people. Counting jail, prison, probation, and parole, Pennsylvania now has the nation’s second-highest rate of people under corre

JPMorgan Chase Joins Second Chance Efforts to Reduce Obstacles to Employment

JPMorgan Chase is expanding its commitment to giving people with criminal backgrounds a second chance by supporting their reentry into the workforce, community and local economies. The firm today lays out a new public policy agenda, invests more in communities and enhances its own hiring strategy in collaboration with other businesses to create economic opportunity for more people. The unemployment rate is an estimated 27 percent for the roughly 5 million formerly incarcerated people in the U.S. — more than five times the overall national rate — and research shows that over 600,000 people are released each year from prison. Policymakers and businesses increasingly recognize that providing ed

JustLeadershipUSA Hosting Townhall on Criminal Justice Reform

Centering the Voices of the Community Town Hall Discussion JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) is a Strategic Ally of the MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC) Network. The purpose of this Townhall meeting is to increase community awareness and engagement with their local political officials. The subject matter will be the current state of criminal justice reform in Philadelphia. For this program we are hosting a plenary style panel made up of Philadelphia area policy makers and stakeholders. The audience will get to hear the current state of local criminal justice affairs and ask questions of the panelists. In Collaboration With: Jim Kenney, Mayor Larry Krasner, District Attorney He

Learn More About PHS' Roots to Re-Entry Landscape Technician Boot Camp

Join PHS for a Roots to Reentry Information Session The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Roots to Reentry Program is seeking recently returned citizens for a paid 6-week Landscape Technician Boot Camp. Admitted applicants will receive hands-on training in landscape maintenance tasks and equipment. The Boot Camp includes a 2-week apprenticeship and the top graduates will obtain gainful employment with private contractors and other industry partners. If you know a returning citizen who is looking for employment with an interest in landscape and horticulture, please join us for an information session on one of the following dates: November 7th 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM November 15th 10:

Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program Hosting Film Screening of "The Mayor of Graterford"

"The Mayor of Graterford" Film Screening A screening and dialogue exploring life without parole sentences and the realities of serving life in prison. The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program and the Criminal Justice Society at Temple University welcome you to attend a free screening of "The Mayor of Graterford". The film describes the realities of serving life in prison as experienced by two individuals. Tyrone Werts, the "Mayor of Graterford" was the leader of the Lifers Organization at Graterford Prison, and who was later released through commutation of his sentence- a lengthy and rarely used process. It also depicts the experiences of John Pace, a juvenile lifer, released due to the senten

Graduate! Philadelphia Hosting Information Session for Individuals Thinking About Going Back to Scho

It's Time to Harvest Your Credentials or Degree!! Information Session For Adult Learners - Tuesday, October 22nd 3pm - 6pm Did you stop out of college? Do you have some college credits and no degree? Are you seeking a credential to further your employment future? Come talk to the experts! Register now and "Harvest a brighter future!" Come and see about some educational programs that are just right for you. Programs Such As: Cyber Security Healthcare Administration Organizational Leadership Ministerial Studies Human Services Much More Graduate! Philadelphia Information Address: 1635 Market Street, Suite 1600 Philadelphia, PA 19103 Website: phone number: 215.498.15

Mann-Up, a Reentry Preparation Program at SCI Phoenix Run by Incarcerated Individuals, is Seeking Sp

Incarcerated Clients Running Reentry Preparation Course Called MANN-UP and Are Seeking Speakers Note: This course was originally miscategorized as a Pennsylvania Innocence Project run program, which is not the case. We apologize for the initial information. A Reentry Preparation course, MANN-UP is an extraordinarily well put together program, being facilitated by men within the prison. They are seeking speakers for the current round of the group and I'm trying to find people who would be interested in speaking. Each speaker is given 20 minutes, so it does not need (and can't be) a long presentation. The group runs on Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00. You would need to arrive at 12:30 and stray

At Present Pace, It Will Take 72 years to Cut the U.S. Prison Population in Half, Sentencing Project

U.S. Prison Population Trends: Massive Buildup and Modest Decline By year end 2017, 1.4 million people were imprisoned in the United States, a decline of 7% since the prison population reached its peak level in 2009. This follows a nearly 700% growth in the prison population between 1972 and 2009. The overall pace of decarceration has varied considerably across states, but has been modest overall. Thirty-nine states and the federal government had downsized their prisons by 2017. Five states—Alaska, New Jersey, Vermont, Connecticut, and New York—reduced their prison populations by over 30% since reaching their peak levels. But among the 39 states that reduced levels of imprisonment, 14 states

Tufts Conducting Survey on Home Visiting Programs That Include Parents with Involvement in Justice S

Survey on Home Visiting Programs for Individuals with Justice System Involvement "Tufts Interdisciplinary Evaluation Research (TIER) is conducting what we believe to be the first national survey of home** visiting programs that include parents who have involvement with the juvenile or adult justice system. We hope to learn about programs that either target or adapt their service model and curriculum to meet the unique needs of parents with involvement in the justice system. The goal of this survey is to advance knowledge about family support programs that improve long-term outcomes for parents involved with the justice system and their young children. As Director of the Philadelphia Reentry

Reentry Simulation Draws Awareness to the Hardships Faced by People Returning Home

Fox School of Business Hosts Reentry Simulation Gabrielle Houck - October 7, 2019 On his way to sell plasma to make ends meet, Lawrence Rosario was arrested for violating his parole and put in jail, unable to pay his $100 bail. Luckily for Rosario, his woes were fictional. Rosario, a senior legal studies major, along with about 90 other registered students and faculty, spent Friday afternoon on the seventh floor of Alter Hall participating in the simulation event “Get Ready, Get Set, Get Out: A Day in the Life of a Returning Citizen, A Reentry Simulation” that would show them the hardships formerly incarcerated men and women face when they reenter society. The event was sponsored by the le

Workforce Benchmarking Network Invites Service Providers to Participate in National Survey

Join the 2019 Workforce Benchmarking Network National Survey Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW) is excited to announce the launch of the 2019 Workforce Benchmarking Network's National Survey - and invites providers of workforce services to participate! Since 2008, the Benchmarking survey has yielded the largest national dataset of aggregate information from community-based service providers--including participant demographics, services provided, job placement and retention rates and other results from more than 500 programs and nearly 400 organizations. Why Participate? Workforce Benchmarking Network (WBN) data reports provide benchmarks of "good performance" for the workforce field P

CSG Justice Center Hosting Webinar on Data Sharing Across County and Justice Systems

Using and Sharing Data Across Health, Human Services and Justice Systems Counties across the country are building collaborative partnerships to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in their jails. Despite the progress that counties have made, they still face challenges with sharing information across multiple systems, limiting their success in identifying people involved in these systems, coordinating services and supervision and tracking the impact of their efforts. Stepping Up and the Data-Driven Justice initiative are co-hosting a two-part webinar series to offer tips on managing data and information sharing for people who frequently utilize multiple systems such as emergency

Grant BLVD Hosting Fashion Show on October 18th

Grant Blvd Presents: "The Love I Bear Women" From day one Grant Blvd’s mission has been to innovate sustainable design solutions to our nation's most pressing social issues. We've grown in incredible ways since we launched in 2017, and we'd like you to join us as we celebrate the official launch of our '19/'20 cool weather collection, the onboarding of our first class of maker fellows, and our bold vision for the future! Doors will open promptly at 5:30pm with a complimentary cocktail hour concluding at 6:30pm. The showcasing of our collection, which will include the recognition of our entire creative team & the launch of our 2019 capital campaign will begin at 6:30 and conclude at 8:00pm. P

Philadelphia Adult Probation and Parole Department Hosts Voter Registration and Education Drive

‘Our Voice Still Matters’: Philly Looks to Register People on Probation and Parole to Vote Miles Bryan - October 1, 2019 Diane Duffin pays attention to politics. She’s worried about federal funding for Medicaid and Social Security, and is skeptical of President Donald Trump. But Duffin, 37, has never voted. She assumed her criminal history and her current probation status made her ineligible. Duffin was surprised to find out Tuesday morning she is eligible to vote. She was even more surprised by who told her — an employee with the Philadelphia Adult Probation and Parole Department. She was at the department’s Center City building for a probation meeting when she came upon half a dozen employ

The Searchlight Series at Eastern State Penitentiary

Responding to Redemption: Reconsidering Life Without Parole Sentences in Pennsylvania with FAMM October 1, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Pennsylvania has more than 5,400 people serving life without parole sentences, and many of them are aging or ill, have rehabilitated themselves during decades of incarceration, and no longer pose a threat to public safety. Each prisoner over age 50 costs taxpayers $70,000 - $100,000 each year. Pennsylvania should ask whether life without parole sentences are a cost-effective and humane way to maintain public safety. Join representatives from FAMM for a discussion about providing a pathway to parole eligibility for deserving Pennsylvanians, and learn how creating

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