The Reentry Project seeks journalists to help address prisoner reentry challenges

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Reposted from TheReentryProject.org:

Between 200,000 and 300,000 of our fellow Philadelphians have been incarcerated. That’s one out of every six people in Philadelphia, and about one in three adults in our city.

With little preparation and resources hard to find, successful reentry is a long, uphill battle. Sixty percent of people released from Pennsylvania prisons will be rearrested within three years.

What’s a ‘digital solutions day’ and who’s invited?

Otherwise known as a “hackathon,” this digital solutions day brings together communities that may otherwise not interact to work together on innovative solutions.

For this event, we want the participation of journalists, technologists and the Philadelphia reentry community, including formerly incarcerated people and those working with city agencies and other service providers to address the needs of this community.

When is this happening?

Friday October 20th and Saturday October 21st.

What’s the time commitment?

We’ll have a launch and social event Friday evening. Then, we will reconvene to work together throughout Saturday, culminating with presentations at the end of the day.

Location:

We’ll be meeting in Center City Philadelphia and we will have specific details soon.

What’s it gonna cost me?

Nothin’. Zero. Free for all participants. Plus, you get fed and might walk away with some swag too.

How do I sign up?

Click the button below.

Wait, who’s organizing this again?

This event is presented by The Reentry Project, a collaborative news initiative about the challenges of — and solutions to — prisoner reentry in Philadelphia. In partnership with The Reentry Coalition, the Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services and the Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation. Produced by Code for Philly.

The Reentry Project collaborative includes:

Billy Penn • Generocity • Next City • The Notebook • The Philadelphia Citizen • The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com • The Philadelphia Tribune • PhillyCam • PhillyMag • El Sol • WHYY Newsworks • WURD • El Zol • Klein College at Temple University • Muhlenberg College

p.s. Meanwhile: We need your invaluable insights to help us shape project ideas. Please come back and spend a few minutes with our Call for Ideas.

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