The Goldring Reentry Initiative (GRI) would like to invite you to our first annual community conversation on Saturday, March 16th, 2013 The event, Breaking Down Walls: Intersections of Mass Incarceration and its Implications, aims to create a platform for innovative responses to criminal justice issues in Philadelphia. This free day-long event will feature panel discussions that humanize the experience of mass incarceration, deconstruct social problems connected to the criminal justice system, and create action plans to address criminal justice issues within Philadelphia.
Breaking Down Walls will feature panels of previously incarcerated people, activists, academics, opening remarks from Glenn Martin of The Fortune Society, and a keynote address by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill. The event will also include performances by youth poets, dance groups, and other artists from Philadelphia, and will feature a resource fair of advocacy and service provider organizations to foster conversations and networking.
We encourage you to share this event with individuals and organizations who might be interested in attending. For more information please visit our website www.sp2.upenn.edu/gri/ and Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GRI.SP2.Penn
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Goldring Reentry Initiative (GRI)
The GRI is a new program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice that aims to reduce recidivism in Philadelphia by helping incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals address challenges both while in prison and after they are released. The program utilizes clinical and macro level social work students to conduct holistic needs assessments and develop comprehensive service plans for those approaching release. GRI students also identify community resources and services that can assist people in the reentry process to make a successful transition.