Employment status is key predictor of recidivism

Reporter Noah Levinson spoke with Steve Blackburn, from X-Offenders for Community Empowerment and Jeffrey Abramowitz, from Community Learning Center of Philadelphia to discuss the challenges that returning citizens face when seeking employment.

PhillyCAM Voices is a new community news show highlighting political, cultural and civic events in Philadelphia and is dedicating its March show to reentry awareness.

The series features stories about the Reentry Coalition, Think Tank, ex-offender employment through Community Empowerment and Community Learning Center, housing with Why Not Prosper and stories of fathers reuniting with their children at The Center for Returning Citizens.

Readers react to stories about former drug dealers working at supermarkets

Ex-drug dealers turn their lives around at ShopRite, but what about the misery they caused on the street?

No doubt Jeffrey Brown, the chief executive of Brown’s Super Stores Inc., a chain of 13 ShopRite and Fresh Grocer supermarkets, deserves praise for hiring people released from prison. It helps them and it helps Brown’s business, because the ex-drug dealers, in particular, have real retail expertise.

Delegation travels to Graterford prison in hopes of helping inmates

Hope behind bars

Over the course of his thirty-three years inside, Luis Suave González, who was sentenced to life when he was still a minor, had never experienced anything like what happened on March 7th in Graterford prison: A visit of from an important group of organizations, represented by their top officials, with the aim of helping a significant number of inmates with their reentry back into society or, at least back into in the Barrio.

Los delegados viajan a la prisión de Graterford con la esperanza de ayudar a los reos

Esperanza tras las rejas

En treinta y tres años de reclusión de Luis Suave González, life sentence juvenile, en la prisión de máxima seguridad de Grateford no se veía lo que se vio el pasado 7 marzo: La visita de un importante grupo de organizaciones representadas por sus más altos rangos, con el objetivo de comenzar un proceso de reinserción en la sociedad o al menos en el Barrio, de un significativo número de reclusos.