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Goldring Reentry Initiative (GRI) information provided by: the Pennsylvania Prison Society

The Goldring Reentry Initiative (GRI) works with men and women roughly three months pre and three months post release from the Philadelphia Prison System to help them prepare for life on the outside. The Goldring Reentry Initiative (GRI) is a project at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice. GRI workers are Master of Social Work (MSW) students who work with clients during the school year (September through April). The GRI has two goals: (1) to provide education and training for MSW students in criminal justice and reentry, and (2) to reduce recidivism rates for people exiting the Philadelphia Prison System by providing individual support and resources. GRI workers meet with clients one-on-one roughly once every week or two. Together, the GRI worker and client discuss the client's goals, strengths, and needs to best transition out of jail. Specifically, the discharge plan addresses identification, physical and mental health, education, employment, benefits, housing, drug and alcohol issues, family reunification, and community support. Once the discharge plan is finalized and signed by the client, the GRI worker will send it to the Defender Association, who will send it to the District Attorney and the client's judge for approval. The judge will determine if the client is eligible for early release. The GRI does not in any way guarantee early release for clients. Clients who participate in the GRI are expected to continue to meet with the GRI worker for roughly three months after they exit the Philadelphia Prison System. Within the first month out, clients will meet with their GRI worker and PO to discuss goals, plans, and expectations. Clients will continue to meet with their GRI worker for resource referrals and general support. The six-month program ends with a graduation program for all clients, at which time clients receive a certificate.

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm


Application Process:
GRI clients are selected through one of our community partner agencies; clients must be eligible for early release from PPS between November and February.

Eligibility Requirements:
Incarcerated at Philadelphia Prison System (PPS) and eligible for early release between November and February.


Record last updated: Nov 2 2017 9:46AM
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