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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!).  

April 1, 2020

For two weeks, the 16-year-old was locked in a cell at George W. Hill Correctional Facility, in what the staff called “quarantine," but looked and felt like solitary confinement.

Caleb Campbell, from Upper Chichester, was allowed out of the cell — where he was being held awaiting trial — just one hour each day. He could shower, and make a phone call. That’s how he told his mother that he had been exposed to a staff member who m...

April 1, 2020

The office of Jamie Gauthier has shared a COVID19 Info Document with new resources, as well as details on City and nonprofit service changes. The guide is being continuously updated.

To check the resource list, click here.

April 1, 2020

Jeremy Roebuck and Chris Palmer - April 1, 2020

At the Pike County Correctional Facility, a contraband economy has sprung up around limited supplies of soap.

Fights have broken out between prisoners in Montgomery County over phone time since the state prisons banned visitors.

Inmate trustees in Schuylkill County have logged 12-hour shifts fulfilling thousands of commissary orders from peers stockpiling what they could before thei...

April 1, 2020

Another COVID-19 Resource Guide, including information on legal services, unemployment, worker's compensation, healthcare, mental health, domestic violence, food, utilities, harm reduction, mutual aid, and immediate needs.

The information in this guide has been gathered through public resources, not put together by a lawyer. This is not official legal advice. 

This guide is being updated frequently each day.

For suggested changes...

March 31, 2020

Philadelphia FIGHT has put together a resource guide specifically for services open and available during the public health emergency. This spreadsheet has Philly-area resources on benefits, food, grocery stores, housing, medical services, phone and internet, and hotlines that can help during this time.

 To view the resource guide, click here.

March 31, 2020

"The health and well-being of our staff, colleagues, and inmates is our top priority.  We continue to closely monitor the updates regarding COVID-19 from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and PDPH (Philadelphia Department of Public Health).

In an effort to be proactive in safeguarding the welfare of everyone at the PDP we will be instituting routine symptom screening measures for COVID-19 at the point of entry into every fa...

March 30, 2020

Max Marin - March 30, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic crashed down in Philadelphia earlier this month, Erik Van Zant received a call from a cousin. It was check-in to see how he was holding up under the city’s new stay-at-home order.

“You getting cabin fever yet?” his cousin asked.

Van Zant, 46, looked around his bedroom in West Oak Lane. He had a refrigerator, a laptop and a cold can of soda in his hand. The cat slept at the ed...

March 30, 2020

If the coronavirus pandemic has put you in a bind, where do you turn for help?

The City of Philadelphia might have the answer. Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration has been rolling out hotlines at a rapid pace, so residents now have dozens of numbers to call for information and services.

There are dedicated COVID-19 hotlines for domestic violence survivors, people going hungry, those facing eviction, small business owners and immig...

March 30, 2020

Many Philadelphians are in need of free food due to school closures, loss of income, or other challenges caused by COVID-19. In response to this need, City of Philadelphia and partners have developed two ways for residents to find free food: 

  • Food sites where any resident can pick up free food for their household. 

  • Student meal sites where any child can pick up free meals.

Find food sites and student meal sites using...

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