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Once Called Ex-Cons, Philadelphia ‘Returning Citizens’ Begin Six Weeks of Reintegration

By Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia officials are in the process of changing the term “ex-offender” to “returning citizen” in the city’s official documents and programs.  The aim is to (Full article…)

 

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Welcome To R.I.S.E.

Transitioning the formerly incarcerated back into the community

The Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services (RISE) utilizes direct services  and partnerships with other agencies to successfully reintegrate the formerly incarcerated back into their communities. RISE recognizes that those that receive the skills, training and education necessary to compete in the formal economy are far less likely to participate in criminal activity.

The Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services (RISE) aims to improve public safety while also assisting the formerly incarcerated in becoming responsible and productive Philadelphians by addressing barriers that impede their chances for success. RISE has established the following goals:

  • Act as an umbrella organization for re-entry programs and initiatives for returning citizens
  • Establish a strong network of partner organizations to promote community-wide collaboration in re-entry
  • Create programming and training that best suites the needs of returning citizens
  • Provide returning citizens with the skills, knowledge and resources to obtain and retain employment

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