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Mayor to Create New Office of Focusing on Reentry

Kenney to Create New Office Focusing On Reentry

Michael D'Onofrio - August 19, 2019

"Philadelphia is setting up a new office to rework and unify services for the formerly incarcerated as a newly released report found the city’s reentry efforts were “fragmented and siloed.”

The Philadelphia Reentry Coalition noted in its report, Philadelphia’s Reentry Services Landscape, the city had a “solid foundation of reentry services … to build on to improve reentry outcomes.”

Mayor Jim Kenney intends to consolidate some of those reentry services under a new office — the Office of Reentry Partnerships — this month.

“This new office represents a renewed commitment by my administration to take a hard look at what we can do differently to better support the formerly incarcerated,” the mayor said in a press release.

Reducing and preventing recidivism will help improve neighborhoods and decrease the city's 26% poverty rate, he added.

The new office will absorb the entirety of the Mayor’s Office of Re-Intergation Services and some employees from the Office of Criminal Justice."

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