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File #: 180621    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 6/7/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 6/7/2018
Title: Celebrating Re-entry Awareness Month 2018 in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Bass, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez
Attachments: 1. Signature18062100.pdf
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Celebrating Re-entry Awareness Month 2018 in the City of Philadelphia.

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WHEREAS, An estimated 25,000 people return to Philadelphia from federal, state, and local prisons each year, and there are an estimated population of more than 200,000 returned citizens in Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphians returning from jails and prisons experience extremely high rates of recidivism; and high recidivism rates carry devastating consequences for the well-being of affected individuals, families, and communities; and

WHEREAS, In Pennsylvania there are over 860 collateral consequences of conviction, or legal and regulatory sanctions and restrictions that limit or prohibit people with criminal records from accessing employment, occupational licensing, housing, voting, education, and other opportunities;

WHEREAS, Individuals returning from prison face various difficulties, among them finding housing, securing drug treatment and other medical care, obtaining loans and credit, accessing higher education, and finding and maintaining employment;

WHEREAS, Re-entry programs and re-entry advocates seek to mitigate these difficulties, with the goal of reducing recidivism and creating more opportunities for returning citizens to thrive; and

WHEREAS, Reduced recidivism allows for reinvestment of savings in community enhancement initiatives and proactive approaches to public safety; and

WHEREAS, Over 100 agencies and organizations involved in the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition are actively collaborating to reduce recidivism in Philadelphia; and the Office of Re-Integration Services (RISE) is leading the Kenney Administration's work to build on existing efforts to improve re-entry outcomes in Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, In 2017, the Council of the City of Philadelphia formally recognized June as Re-entry Awareness Month in Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, Re-entry Awareness Month is a time to remind us that returning citizens should always be affo...

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