Coalition Updates

August 27, 2020

Join PRC for part one of a two- part training series on putting racial equity into practice in Philadelphia’s criminal justice system, facilitated by the Office of Criminal Justice. Part 1 will provide an overview of the policies, trends, and cultural narratives that created a racialized system of mass incarceration in Philadelphia and across the country. This training will give attendees the historical foundation needed to un...

May 11, 2020

Samantha Melamed - May 11, 2020

Shakeyma Hunlay has never been convicted of a crime, but she spent a year in a Philadelphia jail because she didn’t have $5,000 for bail.

Then, in late April, as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the jails crept toward 200, the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund came up with the cash to release her. They even gave Hunlay a ride home.

But when the petite 25-year-old knocked on the door of h...

March 17, 2020

The Philadelphia Reentry Coalition will be collecting and sharing information about member organizations' adjustments to services all week. This is a compilation of all the information we've received and/or confirmed as of March 17th. Things are changing rapidly, and we will be updating as this unfolds. If your organization has adjusted its services, please contact TJ von Oehsen at

Action Wellness

December 18, 2019

Criminal Justice Reform: Restoring Equity to a Broken System MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge

The first year of the Mayor’s term, 2016, brought a landmark announcement: Philadelphia became the largest grant award recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge, receiving $3.5 million to reduce Philadelphia’s jail population by 34 percent over three years. The funding helped jumpstart tran...

August 27, 2019

As part of our monthly training series, Philadelphia Reentry Coalition hosted a training by researchers from Drexel, Temple, and the PA Department of Corrections earlier this month. The training focused on the best practices involved in building and sustaining effective relationships between researchers and practitioners. Below is a summary of some of the key takeaways from the training.

The Philadelphia Reentry Coalition is a...

August 19, 2019

Bianca van Heydoorn and Aviva Tevah Appointed to City’s New Office of Reentry Partnerships

Sabrina Vourvoulias - August 19, 2019

"Bianca van Heydoorn, until recently part of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University, and Aviva Tevah, from the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition, will serve as senior director and director of policy and planning, respectively, for a newly created Office of Reentry Partner...

August 19, 2019

Reentry Coalition Releases Report on the Landscape of Reentry Services in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Reentry Coalition has released our long awaited report, “Philadelphia’s Reentry Services Landscape.”  This report, co-authored by Temple University’s Department of Criminal Justice, is a comprehensive survey of more than 100 programs that serve people with criminal justice system involvement. The report reflects our stra...

June 13, 2019

For Ruth Shefner, the Goldring Reentry Initiative (GRI) was one of the primary reasons she chose to come to The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2) for her Master of Social Work degree. Having gone through the unique program as an MSW student herself, she has remained involved and now acts as the program’s director. “I formed strong relationships with my clients and continue to stay in touch...

June 11, 2019

In recognition of Reentry Month 2019, the Coalition partnered with three amazing students ad recent graduates from the University of Pennsylvania to produce profiles on several member organizations.

You can read the first profile here and check into our Member Profile Page for new ones every other weekday this June.

Thank you to our media fellows Carson Eckhard, Janie Kim, and Elena Prieto for their commitment these past few mo...

June 11, 2019

“There was nothing in place for the ladies,” recounts Anita Williams, MsEd when she reflects on the origins of Sisters Returning Home, a nonprofit dedicated to serving formerly-incarcerated Philadelphians.

Founded in 2009 by Peggy Sims, Sisters Returning Home initially sought to aid women’s reentry journeys. Sisters Returning Home was the first Philadelphia-based organization dedicated to serving women’s reentry needs.

In the y...

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