Broad Street Ministry Hiring for Four Positions

Broad Street Ministry is currently hiring for a variety of positions: 1) Support Staff for Overnight Winter Respite ("Cafe") 2) Shift Supervisor for Overnight Winter Respite ("Cafe Supervisor") 3) Triage Coordinator (help desk/welcome center) 4) Mail and ID Coordinator (help folks obtain ID documents) 1) Support Staff for Overnight Winter Respite ("Cafe") Each winter we open our space overnight for 75-100 adults who are street homeless and unable/feel unsafe to access shelter through the city. We are the only all-gender, singles-and-couples respite in the city. Support staff welcome in guests each night, provide a light meal, monitor the space for safety and de-escalate conflicts as needed.

The Unusual Redemption Story of the Man Who Gives Voice to Philly’s Waterfront

Layla A Jones - January 26, 2020 Do a search for Darnell Schoolfield and the first page of Google will be filled with reports detailing his high-profile arrest. That was nearly a decade ago. You have to scroll down to find out what he’s up to now. As digital content creator at the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, Schoolfield is the voice, and often the face, behind several of Philly’s most happening outdoor spaces. Enjoy updates from Spruce Street Harbor Park and Cherry Street Pier? Darnell is the one bringing them to life. “My journey is crazy,” Schoolfield said last week, sitting in the United by Blue coffee shop at 2nd and Race. “I can’t even put it into words because it was just, l

Criminal Justice Reform in the Fentanyl Era: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

The U.S. is in the throes of a deadly overdose crisis that claimed almost 70,000 lives in 2018. Of those, around 30,000 deaths involved synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Policymakers have responded to the overdose crisis with a rhetorical emphasis on “treatment instead of incarceration,” leading journalists to comment that we are in the midst of a “gentler war on drugs.” However, despite a change in discourse, draconian policies have persisted and in many cases been expanded. This is exemplified by many lawmakers’ reaction to fentanyl and other analog drugs, both on the state and federal level. Since 2011, 45 states have proposed legislation to increase penalties for fentanyl while 39 states

Temple University Criminal Justice Department Looking to Hire Part Time Research Assistant

The Department of Criminal Justice at Temple is seeking to hire a part-time research assistant to provide research support for an innovative violence reduction strategy taking place in Philadelphia. The primary goal of the project is to support the data collection and reporting efforts of a collaborative, government-run strategy to reduce violent crime and support the reintegration individuals leaving state prison. The Research Assistant (RA) will work closely with the faculty member and collaborators from the partnering government agencies to design and support a data collection and reporting strategy that will allow for a rigorous evaluation of the program with duties including, but not li

PCCD: Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Local Initiatives Funding - CJAB Support Required

PCCD has released the 2019/2020 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Local Initiatives Funding 2019-2020 Competitive JAG Solicitation. PCCD is accepting proposals of up to $150,000 in year one, with eligibility for renewal of up to 70% in year two. These proposals require county Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB) approval and each jurisdiction can only submit one proposal per category without risking disqualification. As such, the CJAB Grants Committee will be meeting to review all proposals and determine which will one be supported in each category. In order for proposals to be considered, please submit your abstract and additional information using this link. All proposals from Philade

How America’s Prisons and Jails Perpetuate The Opioid Epidemic

German Lopez - January 30, 2020 Medications for Opioid Addiction work. Most Prisons and Jails Don’t Offer Them Melissa Godsey credits the medication Suboxone, also known as buprenorphine, for her recovery from a years-long struggle with opioid and meth addiction. As she told me, the medication has let her “live a normal life.” But for a while, the 35-year-old from Seattle feared that she would be cut off from the treatment. This week, Godsey had to turn herself in to serve a two-year sentence in federal prison for identity theft — while she was using, she stole credit cards so she could afford drugs. The feds don’t typically offer medications for opioid addiction in prison, even though studi

Office of Reentry Partnerships Hiring Deputy Director, Operations

Agency Description The Office of Reentry Partnerships (ORP), was formed in August 2019 and charged with elevating and organizing citywide reentry efforts and supporting the Kenney administration’s goals for violence prevention, criminal justice reform, and community reinvestment. ORP’s mission is to empower returning citizens, partner organizations, and the public to interrupt the cycle of recidivism and build thriving communities. As Philadelphia’s hub for reentry referrals, resources, and training, the goals of the Office of Reentry Partnerships are to: 1) Set a clear vision and direction for a measurable citywide approach to improving reentry outcomes; 2) Drive and sustain an unprecedente

In 2019, 143 Young People in Philadelphia Had Cases That Started Out In The Adult System; Rising fro

For many teens, turning 18 is a milestone marked by celebration, a rite of passage that comes with a sense of independence, freedom and excitement about the future. On William Bentley’s 18th birthday, he woke up in the juvenile unit of a Philadelphia prison and was told he’d be moving to an all-adult unit, where he’d continue to be held until he could put up his bail. Knowing this day would come, Bentley, who had been charged with aggravated assault, had been eating as much as he could and working out as hard as possible, hoping to get stronger and ward off fights. But when he got to the adult unit, he realized no amount of pushups could’ve helped him: “These were full-grown men. I’m not goi

Transition Network Accepting Applications for Philadelphia Chapter To Advance the Well-Being of Wome

The Giving Circle of the Philadelphia Chapter of The Transition Network is committed to improving the community through collective philanthropy, and to promoting projects that make it possible for women and or children/youth to have the resources, support, and opportunities necessary to thrive. To achieve this, the Giving Circle will award grants to organizations that demonstrate a positive impact for women and/or children in Philadelphia. FOR NONPROFITS OFFERING THESE PROGRAMS: Organizations located in Philadelphia seeking to develop or enhance a collaboration with at least one other nonprofit organization to advance the well-being of women and or children/youth. Requirements 501c3 status M

Is it a New Day for Reentry in Philadelphia? We Hope So.

By Joanna Visser Adjoian and Cameron Holmes According to Mayor Jim Kenney, who began his second term as mayor on Jan. 6, his stated goals this term include reducing gun violence and continuing the city’s efforts to cut the jail population in half. As attorneys and advocates providing reentry supports to youth and former “Juvenile Lifers” in Philadelphia, city leaders can hold true to these commitments by investing in formerly incarcerated people as they return to our community from jail and prison. City leaders have lamented the lack of action on reentry. Judge Benjamin Lerner, former deputy managing director for criminal justice reform who retired from the bench at the end of 2019, reflecte

Sign Up for Let's Circle Up Restorative Justice Workshop, Developed by Men Incarcerated in Grate

Haverford College invites members of the Greater Philadelphia community to a free 10-hour introduction to restorative justice (RJ). This highly participatory workshop was developed by men incarcerated at Graterford Prison, and will be facilitated by leaders of Let’s Circle Up. The four themes addressed in workshop sessions are: rethinking justice, exploring harm, developing restorative approaches, and applying RJ values to our lives. Time Saturday and Sunday, February 15-16, 2020 Location Haverford College 370 Lancaster Avenue Haverford, PA 19041 This workshop is open and free, and lunch will be provided. Let's Circle Up has engaged more than 1000 participants since its founding in 2007.

The Searchlight Series at Eastern State Penitentiary

The Qualitative and Collateral Benefits of College in Prison: The Case for Making Second Chance Pell Real for Everyone Darnell Epps will discuss why Federal Pell Grants and state financial aid should be extended to everyone who is incarcerated, regardless of the length of their sentence. In doing so, he will highlight many of the arguments made in his recently published op-ed in the New York Daily News. Mr. Epps is currently a government major and senior at Cornell University and a former student of the Cornell Prison Education Program. Darnell has also worked as a research assistant for the Cornell Center for the Study of the Death Penalty Worldwide, and his writings have been published in

To End Mass Incarceration, U.S. Needs Alternatives to Prison for Violent Crimes

Danielle Sered - January 22, 2020 More than half of those incarcerated in the USA are convicted of violent crimes. System should not be about punishment but about making victims whole. Nearly a decade ago, I sat across from a young man whose body still bore a scar from an assault he had sustained. The person who hurt him was facing a substantial prison sentence for the crime. This survivor was given a choice. Did he want that person sentenced, or did he want him in a restorative justice program? He chose the program because, as he put it: “If I have to choose between my safety and revenge, I’m going to choose my safety. Prison would only give me revenge; at the end of the day, I want to be s

Pennsylvania Justice Reinvestment Legislation Signed into Law

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed two long-awaited pieces of criminal justice legislation into law on December 18, 2019: Senate Bill (SB) 500, which will improve county-run probation systems, and SB 501, which will streamline the process for placing people in substance addiction treatment, lead to new probation sentencing guidelines, and make other improvements to sentencing statutes. Together, these bills are expected to save $48 million in corrections spending by 2023. The policy changes are the result of Pennsylvania’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI). Why is this legislation needed? The state launched its Justice Reinvestment efforts in 2015 to determine solutions for system pre

Youth Diversion Programs Helping to Keep Students Out of 'School-to-Prison Pipeline'

Alicia Nieves - January 24, 2020 Schools and prisons probably shouldn’t have much in common, but research on what’s known as the “school-to-prison pipeline” shows a concerning connection. “Once we put a kid into that system, many of them never get out. A large percent of them, sometimes 50 percent of them, will stay in the system the rest of their lives,” said Kevin Bethel. “I said I couldn’t do it anymore.” Bethel is a veteran cop and a former deputy commissioner in the Philadelphia Police Department. He first learned about the link a few years ago. “I met a phenomenal judge out of Clayton County Georgia, who was doing a lot of work on the school-to-prison pipeline and kept nudging me, ‘Kev

Beyond Poverty: Achieving Self-Sufficiency

Join PathWays PA & New Century Trust to see the new Self-Sufficiency Standard! Census data tells us that 26% of Philadelphia households live in poverty. In reality, even more households in Philadelphia - and across Pennsylvania - don't have the income they need to reach self-sufficiency. Since 1997, PathWays PA has worked with Dr. Diana Pearce to calculate The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Pennsylvania. Over the last 23 years, calculation of the Self-Sufficiency Standard has documented the continuing increase in the real cost of living, illuminating the economic crunch experienced by so many families today. On February 12, we hope you will join us for breakfast and the release of the latest

Life After "Life": Wrongly convicted, Terrance Lewis dreamed of getting out of prison for

Samantha Melamed - January 23, 2020 As traffic roared down the four-lane road bisecting a bleak industrial corner of Chester, Terrance Lewis, 41, stood on the broken sidewalk outside the prison and gazed about, as if taking in a dazzling view. It was his first unobstructed look toward the horizon in decades. It was May 2019, and Lewis had been imprisoned, by his calculation, for 21 years, five months, five days, 11 hours. The day before, a Philadelphia judge had unexpectedly overturned his conviction for a 1996 murder and ordered him released. Suddenly, he was free — surrounded by family and friends, the world of 2019 rushing at him fast. Eight months later, it has not slowed. It’s been a wh

New Study: ‘Ban the Box’ Doesn’t Reduce Recidivism for Minorities

Efforts to remove questions about previous convictions from employment applications have little effect on recidivism, a new study finds. Ryan Sherrand, an economics professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, examined data from states and jurisdictions that have passed “Ban the Box” (BTB) policies from 2000 to 2016 and found “little evidence that BTB policies are reducing recidivism.” In recent years, politicians and advocates have pushed for legislation to reduce the barriers for employment for the almost 700,000 ex-offenders released from state and federal prisons each year. In an effort to reduce recidivism, 25 states have adopted “Ban the Box” policies that prevent employer

Eastern State Penitentiary Looking to Hire Seasonal Facilities Technician

The Facilities Technician’s role is to ensure that Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site’s facilities are safe, operational, well maintained, and suitable for all visitors and ESPHS staff. The Facilities Technician reports to the Facilities Maintenance Manager. Responsibilities: Waste/Recycling – ensure site trash cans are emptied at regular intervals Landscaping – ensure greenery on site is maintained • Snow/Ice removal - ensure walkways on site are hazard free Repair and Maintenance – Uses maintenance software to ensure all site equipment and assets are well maintained. This includes lighting, fire extinguishers, AHUs, heaters, fans, doors, locks, gates, vehicles, plumbing, equipment, i

Bank of America Charitable Foundation Strategy and Funding Opportunities

"At Bank of America, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better. We’re delivering on this through our responsible growth strategy with a focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. As part of this work, we develop strong partnerships with nonprofit organizations addressing issues fundamental to economic mobility and social progress in low- and moderate-income communities. In response to poverty and issues affecting social justice and racial and gender inequality, we focus on stabilizing individuals and families by ensuring their basic needs are met; addressing challenges, such as food and housing insecurity; and connecting individuals to pathways

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