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The Economist

Sarah Esther Maslin

1 March 2018

San Salvador, El Salvador

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For many in El Salvador, finding religion can mean finding a way out of violent gang life. The country has become one of the most violent in the world following the civil war in the 1980s that drove refugees to the U....

The Temple News

Ayooluwa Ariyo

13 February 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, a former attorney who was incarcerated for embezzlement founded the National Workforce Opportunity Network. The program has partnered with Temple University to provide services and job training for th...

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Katie Colaneri

27 November 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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For Redina, and others suffering from addiction, it is hard to break the cycle. 'Women Working for a Change' is a program that tries to change addicts' thinking in order to prevent a relapse.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jane M. Von Bergen

27 November 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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How do you find a job when you get out of prison? For some, it’s almost impossible. But, UpLift Solutions trains former offenders, and if they pass the six week course, they get hired at ShopRite, a grocery store. For...

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Malcolm Burnley

16 November 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A program called Circles in Vermont is built on the idea that it takes an entire community to help sex offenders reintegrate back into a community. Circles is also used in other states and countries and creates suppor...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jane M. Von Bergen

11 November 2017

Winchester, Tennessee, United States

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In rural Tennessee the unemployment rate can be very high, making it hard for inmates to find jobs upon their release, which then increases the rate of recidivism. The Rural Reentry Program has set up training program...

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Gabriella Canal

8 November 2017

Cartagena, Colombia

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Time served in prison often means the end of opportunity and hope for the incarcerated, but a special restaurant run from within the San Diego women's prison in Cartagena is working to change that. The women are train...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jane M. Von Bergen

2 November 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Connecting people coming out of incarceration with employment is crucial to helping them integrate back into society and not return to prison, but employers are often skittish about hiring people with records. Some ar...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jane M. Von Bergen

2 November 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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What does a business like IKEA do if they want to hire former prisoners? They listen to a panel of people who have already done it.

Upworthy

Ally Hirschlag

26 October 2017

Tampa, Florida, United States

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A man convicted to a life sentence for a shooting he took part in at age 13 reached out to the woman he injured from prison and over the years they built a friendship based on forgiveness and trust. She helped him win...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

26 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A Philadelphia man imprisoned for 40 years for a crime he did not commit was finally freed when the prosecutor who helped put him behind bars realized he made a mistake and worked to get him out. The U.S. Supreme Cour...

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Danielle Fox

23 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A hackathon in Philadelphia brought together a diverse group of people, including formerly incarcerated individuals, to discuss the complex issue of reentry and come up with tech-based ways to help. The collaboration ...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

23 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In the Inside-Out Exchange program half of the students are college students, and the other half are prison inmates. The program has “expanded to about 150 correctional institutions across the globe” but the biggest t...

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Bobby Allyn

14 September 2017

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

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Officials around Pennsylvania who want to reduce recidivism are studying a re-entry program in Lancaster that gives former inmates intensive case management to help them return to society. That includes transitional h...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Annie Mcdonough

6 September 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Christian Dennis stood up in front of his class and told them about his life: He sold drugs, went to prison three times before the age of 18, and realized he had to start over. That’s all his classmate, Bob Logue need...

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Katie Jewett

26 July 2017

Evergreen, Washington, United States

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There are currently 2.3 million people incarcerated in the United States. According to rainforest ecologist Nalini Nadkarni, that's a lot of brainpower and potential sitting unused. It was this thought that inspired t...

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Serena Maria Daniels

6 July 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Recipe for Change is a program that teaches incarcerated people Italian cuisine skills, which is meant to help them gain employment when they reenter society. An estimated 200 people have gone through the program. Si...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jane M. Von Bergen

21 June 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, the city enrolled out a program that offered companies a $10,000 tax credit. The catch? Hire former prisoners who have crime records. To the surprise of the city, the program tanked. Now, the city cre...

The New York Times

Krithika Varagur

20 June 2017

Indonesia

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In order to counter terrorism and reduce recidivism of incarcerated male jihadists', the Entrepreneurship and Proselytization Empowerment Program helps the wives of jailed extremists through counseling and lessons abo...

The New York Times

Sam Quinones

16 June 2017

Covington, Kentucky, United States

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Kentucky is rethinking its penal system for dealing with drug offenders and has shown success in reducing recidivism and relapse rates. Instead of leaving addicts to languish in the typical jailhouse environment of "e...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Quinn O'Callaghan

12 June 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Furnishing a Future offers furniture making classes to former inmates. The program was created with the intention of giving former prisoners job skills, who often leave prison with no work experience. “If these guys a...

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Christopher Wink

9 May 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Activists, and lawmakers have been proposing ideas for prisoner reentry, or supporting former prisoners by finding work, housing, and healthcare, in order to reduce the trend of prisoners being released, committing an...

Temple University

Emily Scott

4 May 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Mercy Hospice in Philadelphia is a recovery home that serves homeless women and their children. Their comprehensive approach provides addiction services, as well as mental health and trauma support; the home is seen a...

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Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

1 May 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Housing is one of the major hurdles former prisoners have to tackle when they get out of prison. Two judges know this, that’s why they created a re-entry program that offers prisoners numerous services. The results? “...

The New York Times

Megan Specia

25 April 2017

Mybo, Rwanda

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In an attempt to bring peace to a region post-genocide, Rwanda has implemented "Reconciliation Villages" where survivors and perpetrators live side-by-side. This state-mandated reconciliation has lead to community ser...

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