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We'll do our best to keep you informed with updates from the Coalition, and news stories related to reentry in Pennsylvania or the Philadelphia region (including when our members get highlighted!).  

July 10, 2020

Summary:

This position is responsible for coordinating our Re-entry Program serving adults 18 years of age and older. Duties require close coordination, collaboration, tracking and monitoring of participants to ensure compliance with their service plans. Responsibilities also include working closely with partner agencies to ensure program participants are engaged and supported in services that include employment/training, educa...

July 10, 2020

Forbes: Alexandra Sternlicht - July 8, 2020

People in prisons and jails are 5.5 times more likely to get Covid-19 and three times more likely to die from it, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins and UCLA published today in JAMA, putting numbers to disparate evidence of the virality of the disease in prison settings.

  • With the findings, the researchers conclude systemic change is needed: “COVID-19 in US priso...

July 9, 2020

Starting on July 13, 2020, PHL City ID will host pop-up mobile sites in partnership with community-based organizations. These mobile sites will operate on Tuesdays and Fridays. Those who are interested in getting the ID card must schedule an appointment. On August 3, the PHL City ID team will resume operations at City Hall, room 167, by appointment only. 

The PHL City ID provides a secure and affordable photo identifi...

July 8, 2020

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Emily Herrick & Caroline Bauer - June 26, 2020

In the United States, the criminal justice system is one of many public institutions whose workings span multiple jurisdictions. If you’ve been arrested and served jail time, it’s not uncommon to interact with more than 10 different organizations in the process. These often include federal, state, and local government entities; nonprofits; and pri...

July 8, 2020

Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia - July 7, 2020

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, financial support from the Judge Alfred L. Luongo Fund was released to participants in court programs dedicated to supporting individuals in reentry.

At the request of the STAR Reentry Court Team, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, through the Luongo Fund, purchased and distributed $100 Visa gift cards for necessities such as groce...

July 8, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has reopened and extended the deadline for businesses to apply for loans to August 8. The SBA has also recently relaxed its criminal history barriers for PPP assistance.

The new policies include two important changes to eligibility:

  1. Being on parole or probation is no longer disqualifying, unless the parole or probation “commenced” within the last year for any felony, or with th...

July 7, 2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer: John Fetterman - July 6, 2020

All across Pennsylvania, we need to build trust between police and the communities they serve, with systemic change that can be created through thoughtful legislation. Community partnerships need to be formed between law enforcement organizations, residents, schools, child support services, prosecutors, religious leaders, businesses, and other members of our society.

These...

July 7, 2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Rachel Lopez - July 6, 2020

Like the rest of the United States population, the prison population is aging fast. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by 2030, people over the age of 55 will account for almost one-third of all incarcerated people. That means that American prisons will house upward of 400,000 older prisoners, about the same population of New Orleans, representing a near doubling of the n...

July 6, 2020

The Intercept: Natasha Lennard - July 5, 2020

When the 29-year-old parolee walked out of the New Jersey state prison where he had been incarcerated for the last six years, he felt that he had stepped “into a frozen world.” He was released on parole on March 11, as coronavirus cases in the state began to spike, just 10 days before Gov. Phil Murphy implemented a statewide stay-at-home order.

If the last three months of pandem...

July 6, 2020

Time Magazine: Andrew Welsh-Huggins - July 3, 2020

The number of prison inmates testing positive for the coronavirus soared well past the 50,000 mark last month, as recent outbreaks threatened to undo control measures put in place earlier in the pandemic.

At the end of June, the total number of coronavirus cases among prisoners had reached at least 52,649, an increase of 8% from the week before, according to data compiled b...

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