Throughout 2017, the Center for Public Interest Journalism has been supporting The Reentry Project, a collaborative news initiative about the challenges of — and solutions to — prisoner reentry in Philadelphia. During this fall, the partnership hosted several events:
The Reentry Blueprint:
Formerly incarcerated people delivered a series of talks at The Franklin Institute on strategies to reduce recidivism.
Recorded live at the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia. November 15, 2017 The Reentry Blueprint: Stories and Solutions from the Formerly Incarcerated is a free public event to advance the conversation on reentry in Philadelphia by providing a platform for formerly incarcerated people to present effective models that address the challenges facing people with criminal histories.
Power Up Reentry:
Dozens of volunteers came together for a weekend hackathon seeking technological solutions to address challenges facing people returning from incarceration. We met at Industrious Philadelphia and Azavea.
Dozens of volunteers came together in October for PowerUp Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day — in an effort to create tools and services intended to support people through life after incarceration in Philadelphia.
Reentry: Hiring from an untapped pool
Business leaders discussed the benefits of hiring formerly incarcerated people during a breakfast at the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and presented by the Philadelphia Media Network.
This morning in Philadelphia, The Reentry Project hosted ” Reentry: Hiring from an untapped pool,” a panel discussion about hiring formerly incarcerated people. Panelists seated from left included Donna Allie, PhD, president and CEO of Team Clean, Jeff Brown, chief executive of Brown’s Super Stores Inc., Bob Logue, president of Quaker City Coffee and Beth Tiewater, director of development and programs of Baker Industries.
If These Walls Could Talk: Solving Reentry and Recidivism
Last summer, The Reentry Project collaborated WURD Radio and the Philadelphia Media Network for a discussion hosted at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
Brought to you by WURD, The Reentry Project, Philadelphia Media Network and WHYY. This unique event assembles voices from both sides of the prison system to candidly discuss the challenges that make reentry such a difficult hurdle. Our ultimate goal? Finding and replicating solutions that work.
Nine students from Temple’s Klein College of Media and Communication have been involved with The Reentry Project in 2017. Visit out staff page.