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Cristina Quinn

29 April 2018

Billerica, Massachusetts, United States

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To stop recidivism, the Middlesex House of Correction and Jail is replicating life on the outside for inmates while they are still in prison. Designed for 18 to 24-year-olds, the program removes some aspects of prison...

The Marshall Project

Abbie Vansickle

23 April 2018

California, United States

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Using the catalyst approach, Judge Thelton Henderson was able to reform California prisons. He employed courts to change bureaucratic systems, and was moved by the idea that if you “encourage everyone involved to bu...

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Shaima Shamdeen

19 April 2018

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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In Cincinnati, a resource guide helps those currently or previously incarcerated find resources like housing and employment so they can transition back to the community. The newspaper, called Re-enter into Society Emp...

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Allison Herrera

16 April 2018

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Women in Recovery, is an 18 month intensive drug treatment program. However, women also have to undergo therapy and address their trauma. Then, some of the women have found work at S and R Compression, a company that ...

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Allison Herrera

2 April 2018

Marysville, Ohio, United States

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The Ohio Reformatory for Women is a prison that offers inmates a chance to enroll in Tapestry, an inpatient drug treatment program that tries to delve into the deeper causes women turn to drugs. It also believes in ...

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Ben Paynter

26 March 2018

California, United States

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A California nonprofit's report found that incarcerated students in a Cal State Communications class achieved a consistently higher GPA than their un-incarcerated peers. Journalist Ben Paynter explores whether Califor...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Marty Roney

2 March 2018

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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In Montgomery, Ala., a transitional program offers former inmates a place to live and support while they focus on staying clean and finding work. Officials say programs like this play a key role in reducing recidivism...

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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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.

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)

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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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

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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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 ...

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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...

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