Philadelphia was recently selected as a recipient of the Second Chance Act grant. Funds will support the Philadelphia Returning Citizens Demonstration Program that focuses on reducing recidivism. The program will work in partnership with several organizations including The Commission and The Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services (RISE). Some of the funds will support myPLACE in the Philadelphia Prison System. Citizens in custody will have the opportunity to take online classes to improve their reading, writing, math, and digital literacy skills and to prepare for the GED. When they are released, they can continue to work with a learning coach for a seamless re-entry into their adult education courses.
“Every year, thousands of citizens are released from local correctional facilities and return to their families and friends in Philadelphia. Their successful re-integration into our communities is often hindered by challenges like a lack of education, job-training and limited opportunities for employment and housing,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “This Second Chance grant provides funds to create a solid programmatic structure which will allow the City of Philadelphia to provide our returning citizens with a seamless and coordinated re-entry process. The Philadelphia Returning Citizens Demonstration Program will provide services like job-readiness and placement, as well as skills training, adult literacy and housing supports.”
Click here to read the City’s press release about the grant.