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Ex-offenders must take employment into their own hands | Opinion

Although there have been many proposals to help inmates, not enough is getting done, and the rate of recidivism continues to be unacceptably high.

Dozens spend MLK Day looking for a second chance at a clean record

About 100 people showed up at a three-hour workshop at West Philadelphia's Shepard Recreation Center to learn how to gain freedom from their pasts.

Dozens spend MLK Day looking for a second chance at a clean record

About 100 people showed up at a three-hour workshop at West Philadelphia's Shepard Recreation Center to learn how to gain freedom from their pasts.

How ex-offenders get a second chance and a new career in rural Tennessee. Is it a model for Philly?

Franklin County in Tennessee has devised a plan to get former inmates into jobs. Could this work in Philadelphia?

How ex-offenders get a second chance and a new career in rural Tennessee. Is it a model for Philly?

Franklin County in Tennessee has devised a plan to get former inmates into jobs. Could this work in Philadelphia?

A lawyer's lost bags lead to a juvenile lifer's redemption

A juvenile lifer fresh out of prison is confronted with a test he'd been preparing for exactly 35 years and 8 months.

A lawyer's lost bags lead to a juvenile lifer's redemption

A juvenile lifer fresh out of prison is confronted with a test he'd been preparing for exactly 35 years and 8 months.
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What Philly-area CEOs think about hiring ex-inmates

Some firms believe in - and are willing to - give the formerly incarcerated a second chance. At other firms, restrictions mandated by clients or other associations forbid the practice.

A prosecutor meets the juvenile lifer he locked up for 40 years - and apologizes

"You never drove a car. You never fell in love with somebody. You never had any of the things that all of us take for granted. And I want you to know I am responsible for that - because I told the jury what they should do, and they did it."

How a Temple professor and a prison inmate started an international movement

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange, which started with Temple University classes held in a Philadelphia county jail, has endured for two decades, expanded to about 150 correctional institutions and taught a total of 30,000 "inside" and "outside" students.

Locked up 40 years for a murder his brother confessed to, Kevin Brinkley returns home, to a changed world

His family rented a 15-passenger van to make the five-hour overnight drive to SCI-Forest.

How this Philly hackathon plans to help people after prison

"Power-Up Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day" will bring together coders, journalists and those released from prison.

From Norway, Pennsylvania's prisons appear cruel and unusual

Norway, a country of 5.2 million, has just 3,900 prisoners; Pennsylvania, a state of 12.8 million, has 48,000, plus thousands more in county jails.

He stole a $1 lemonade, smoked pot - then nearly had to die in prison

Like most states, Pennsylvania has a compassionate-release law, a way out for dying inmates. Frank Rodriguez, who was so weak he needed help eating, bathing, turning on his side, clearly qualified.

How computers are predicting crime - and potentially impacting your future

For about eight years, Philadelphia's probation and parole department has used a computer algorithm to rate the riskiness of nearly every offender it oversees. But officials there won't say what factors the tool weighs, raising questions about transparency. The city plans to create a similar...

Lancaster's life-training boot camp keeps people from returning to prison

An intensive program for ex-convicts in Lancaster that is stirring statewide conversation and prompting criminal justice advocates and county officials across the state to note the program's impressive results.

Pennsylvania let 70 teen killers out of prison in the last year. Here's what happened.

These are the first of 517 juvenile lifers in Pennsylvania, the largest such contingent in the nation, to be resentenced and released on parole since the Supreme Court decided that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for minors are unconstitutional.

At local colleges, criminal records still hold applicants back

Many local colleges require applicants to list even juvenile adjudications - and some explicitly reject students because of their records.

Jobless, homeless, convict … but now she's an award-winner

Mary Baxter, a homeless and unemployed mother, recently won the $20,000 Right to Return Fellowship for formerly incarcerated artists.