The Reentry Support Project REACH College Program
Community College of Philadelphia’s Reentry Support Project offers a select group of sentenced inmates in the Philadelphia Prison System’s Alternative and Special Detention Division an opportunity to earn nine to twelve college credits before their release through jail-based instruction. Participants must also attend life skills workshops facilitated by Philadelphia FIGHT’s Institute for Community Justice, the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program Alumni Association, the Mayor’s RISE office, and guest speakers. The classes focus on college-level reading, writing, and communication skills, while the workshops address self-empowerment and advocacy, management of one’s mental and physical health, and job readiness and career planning. The Program’s design allows students to seamlessly transition from jail to the College’s main campus following their release. While pursuing their academic and professional goals on the outside, they can continue to receive services from the Reentry Support Project office and its community partners.