Returning Citizens

Resources for returning citizens in the transition from incarceration to society including information on job training, housing assistance, and counseling services. One such resource is Bridges, which offers returning citizens from jails and prisons information on resources available in the City of Philadelphia. The guide offers resources for returning citizens, including how to get a GED, information on health care access, and contact information for employment options and training programs.

Returning Citizens

Links

  • Ban The Box
    Law in Philadelphia that prevents employers from asking about a criminal record on a job application or during the first job interview, designed to ensure that employers consider relevant work qualifications without improperly considering a person's criminal record.
  • Bridges: A Guide to Your Community
    Bridges offers returning citizens from jails and prisons information on resources available in the City of Philadelphia. The guide offers resources for returning citizens, including how to get a GED, information on health care access, and contact information for employment options and training programs.
  • Decarcerate PA
    Grassroots campaign working to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania. Decarcerate PA advocates that PA stop building prisons, reduce the prison population, and reinvest money in communities.
  • F.R.E.E
    Females Reentering Empowering Each Other
  • Impact Service Corporation
    Jobs are the foundation of personal and family self-sufficiency and the core of Impact’s work. Since 1974, their neighborhood-based programs have helped over 25,000 people enter or re-enter the workforce.
  • Institute for Community Justice
    Philadelphia-based initiative of community-inspired, community-led solutions for healing in a time of mass imprisonment.
  • Pennsylvania Prison Society
    Non-profit organization that promotes humane and restorative corrections by serving thousands of prisoners, ex-prisoners and their family members each year through direct services and programs.
  • Pennsylvania Prisons Society’s Prisoner Reentry Network
    Comprehensive directory to find services related to adult and juvenile probation services; criminal justice and courts; victim/witness assistance, and more.
  • Philadelphia Aids Library Discharge Planning Guide
    Guide to reentry services and resources as well as information about HIV-related medical care.
  • REACH
    Get an Education through the Reentry Support Project REACH College Program.
  • Reconstruction, Inc.
    Support and advocacy for returning citizens and currently-incarcerated individuals. Runs the Fight for Lifers program which advocates for those sentenced to life sentences.
  • RISE
    Provides returning citizens with vocational training and work opportunities.
  • The Center for Returning Citizens
    Assists citizens returning from prison who are ready for a life change by helping them find employment, access to necessary services and safe, affordable housing.
  • X-Offenders for Community Empowerment
    Empower formerly convicted people to become change agents in mobilizing the community to address issues threatening healthy family and community life, as well as reducing recidivism.

Returning Citizens - Prison Memoirs by explore

Books written by and about former prisoners, both famous and infamous.

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