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Jillian Bauer-Reese

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20 February 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Comprehensive User Engagement Sites (CUES) are currently primarily open to opiate addicts and are equipped to deal with opioid related overdoses and safe administration of the drugs. Some sites are now beginning to di...

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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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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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Helen Ubiñas

9 November 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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People returning from prison need to navigate all kinds of challenges to reintegrate into society, and the rest of us can help by give them the opportunity to prove they have changed. In Philadelphia, a man who spent ...

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Samantha Melamed

8 November 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Crowdfunding initiatives in Philadelphia offer an alternative to the cash bail process that disproportionately affects African Americans in problematic ways. “Community bail fund activists” raised almost $60,000 for B...

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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...

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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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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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Samantha Melamed

4 October 2017

Pennsylvania, United States

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Thirty years ago, Norway’s recidivism rate was more than 60 percent. Then the country put rehabilitation at the core of its corrections system, training prison guards to act more like social workers than punishers. Re...

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Samantha Melamed

10 August 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Close supervision and support during parole lowers recidivism among medium- and high-risk offenders with substance-abuse issues in Philadelphia. However, the impact seems to fade after parolees graduate from the yearl...

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Kristen E. Holmes

23 July 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Supreme Court ruled about 2,500 life sentences handed down to juveniles were unconstitutional and resentencing hearings are taking place to decide if these men and women will receive parole. In Philadelphia, a gra...

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Kristen E. Holmes

7 July 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A church in Philadelphia is adept at ministering to those coming out of incarceration and drug use because its two pastors come from that very same world. They hold members accountable, which could mean a required sti...

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Samantha Melamed

6 July 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision allows those sentenced to life for crimes committed as juveniles to seek parole. These people make up more than half of lifers in Pennsylvania, which is considering numerous appeals,...

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Samantha Melamed

26 June 2017

United States

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In an effort to reduce prison populations, some U.S. cities are enacting reforms that emphasize short, swift, and certain punishments for minor violations. Despite the hype, such reforms may be no better than existing...

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Samantha Melamed

26 June 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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To sentence a minor to life in prison without parole, prosecutors in Pennsylvania must now prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the minor is incapable of rehabilitation. The state supreme court ruling is meant to reco...

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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...

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Samantha Melamed

10 May 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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How does an organization go about reducing incarceration rates, and eliminate racial bias? Hiring the people affected by the prison system: former inmates. That’s the strategy that ACLU is taking in Philadelphia.

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Jane M. Von Bergen

20 April 2017

Yonkers, New York, United States

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In Yonkers, Pennsylvania, Greyston Bakery's open hiring process gives a chance to those who might not have been hired otherwise. The company doesn't conduct background checks, look at resumes, require a skills test, o...

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David Gambacorta

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12 April 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia has one of the highest incarceration rates in the country, but with a $3.5 million McArthur Foundation grant the city has used several initiatives to change that. The efforts appear to be working, with th...

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Jane M. Von Bergen

22 March 2017

United States

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Ban-the-box legislation can help people with criminal records receive fair consideration as job applicants. However, the employment prospects of other applicants, particularly African American women and young workers,...

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Jane M. Von Bergen

20 March 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A former drug dealer who made massive amounts of cash finds his skills adapt well to the job he found after prison in a supermarket. Luckily the manager at this particular store recognized that fact and gave Louis Riv...

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Jane M. Von Bergen

7 March 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Most employers might not hire former inmates, but one grocery store in Philadelphia is looking to do just that. Brown Store’s Inc. has made it a company mission to hire people out of prison. Employment is an important...

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Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

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8 February 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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For women in traditional rehab centres, choosing treatment means leaving their children behind. Family House NOW (New Options for Women), is a residential treatment center in Philadelphia that allows women to live wit...

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Jane M. Von Bergen

20 November 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia enacted a law in 2016 that allows for people convicted of minor crimes to get their records sealed by a court. In this article an employment lawyer who has worked for many years with people who have recor...

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Jane M. Von Bergen

19 November 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A law in Philadelphia allows people with certain misdemeanor convictions to ask a court to seal their records. This means job seekers could honestly tell prospective employers they have no criminal record and schools ...

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