Chaplaincy Services provides religious programs through volunteers of different faiths.
The Director of Chaplaincy Services coordinates scheduled programs for each Prison facility, giving inmates access to voluntarily participate in activities of their faith.
Reverend Shirley Toler
Dir. Chaplaincy Services
House of Correction
8001 State Rd.
Phila., PA 19136
Phone: (215) 685-8385
Fax: (215) 685-8506
Phyllis Taylor Chaplain
Phone: (215) 685-8512
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides a free, confidential service for all Prison employees.
It is staffed by Captain John Hudson, M.H.S., an experienced EAP counselor, trained in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing. The EAP is strictly governed by federal, state, and PPS regulations that protect your right to privacy and confidential assistance. The EAP counselor helps staff to identify problems and explore various options.
Although many situations can be resolved with the help of an EAP Professional, some problems require more attention. In that case, the EAP counselor will assist staff in getting the help they need by referring them to an outside specialist such as a psychologist or other professional. Normally, the fee for service by an outside professional is covered by the employee's medical plan. The PPS however, is not responsible for any cost charged by outside professionals.
For a confidential consultation, contact Captain Hudson.ContactCaptain John Hudson
Phone: (215) 685-8265
Fax: (215) 685-8849 John.Hudson@prisons.phila.gov Phyllis Taylor
Phone: (215) 685-8512
The Philadelphia Prison System is an Official Pennsylvania GED Testing Center.
General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
We currently have six certified GED Examiners who are all PPS Staff and have been trained and certified to administer the GED.The General Educational Development is a set of tests in the core high school curriculum areas of:
- Language Arts: Writing
- Language Arts: Reading
- Mathematics: Part 1 (with calculator)
- Mathematics: Part 2 (without calculator)
- Social Studies
The tests measure important knowledge and skills that are taught and learned during a regular high school education. Some of these skills include reading comprehension, basic mathematics and basic English and composition skills. The main focus of the tests is on critical thinking and the ability to draw conclusions based on the information presented. The tests are not focused on rote repetition or memorization. GED testing is offered for inmates who are identified by the TABE. Testing and AssessmentTest of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
The test for Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a diagnostic test used to determine a person’s skill level and aptitude. This test is given to all inmates who do not have a high school diploma or GED to determine their academic level. Once an inmate’s academic level is identified he/she will be placed in the appropriate academic programs
Jewish Employment Vocational Service (JEVS) is the contracted provider of the Philadelphia Prison System’s Vocational Training Program.
We develop and implement training programs in the following areas: Computer Training, Environmental Maintenance, Customer Service, Life Skills, World of Work/ Computer Literacy, Steps to Success and Building Maintenance. The training programs provide the inmates of the Philadelphia Prison System with transferable skills that they will be able to draw upon as they re-enter their communities. Programs are available Monday through Friday. The training schedule conforms to the City-employee designated and JEVS’ holiday vacation schedule. Vocational Training
JEVS provides vocational training programs in seven priority areas: Computer Training, Environmental Maintenance, Customer Service, Life Skills, World of Work/Computer Literacy, Steps to Success and Building Maintenance. Courses are offered five days per week for three hours each day in the morning, afternoon and evening. Depending on the course, the full training curricula requires between four and six weeks to complete. Inmates are referred to one of the JEVS’ training programs upon the recommendation of their social workers. Upon successful completion of the course, the inmates will receive a Certificate of Completion. Computer Training
This program teaches basic key boarding and word processing skills. Inmates are taught to format documents, make basic editorial corrections; arrange and execute standard business forms, reports, and correspondence; and explore other basic computer operations and word processing applications. This program is conducted in Riverside Correctional Facility for women and Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Facility for men. Environmental Maintenance
JEVS offers training in Environmental Maintenance to male inmates in ASD, DC and HOC for men and in RCF for women. This course offers instruction in the proper use and operation of all floor machines and the maintenance of all chemicals, tools, and equipment used within the janitorial industry. Inmates learn all facets of industrial, residential, and commercial cleaning. Customer Service
Customer Service training is offered to male inmates in ASD and female inmates in RCF. This program is designed for inmates with limited or no work experience, who are interested in a career in customer service or in administrative support positions. Inmates are taught skills that lend themselves to entry-level employment opportunities as customer service representatives, clerks, receptionists, data entry clerks, and clerical aides. Life Skills
The Life Skills curricula has been outsourced to Amoore Associates. This program is conducted at Triple C's and HOC. World of Work/Computer Literacy
JEVS provides instruction in World of Work to male inmates at PICC. World of Work integrates basic computer literacy and word processing into meaningful lessons on implementing a successful job search and job seeking techniques.Steps to Success
The Steps to Success curriculum is self-paced and computer based. Located in CFCF this program offers male inmates a variety of software packages that includes assessment tools that gauge inmates’ learning styles and priorities. Information is provided to the inmate and instructor alike, as they prepare for the inmates re-entry into the communityBuilding Maintenance
The Building Maintenance program is offered to inmates in ASD. Inmates learn and develop hands-on skills related to the building trades. The curriculum covers carpentry, including framing metal, wood and dry wall; decorating; wall papering; ceramics and floor tiling; and plumbing, including installing and repairing fixtures.Careerscope
JEVS is able to provide inmates access to CareerScope, a computer-based career assessment and reporting system. JEVS’ nationally –recognized research and developmemt arm, the Vocational Research Institute, developed CareerScope in 1996. It measures users’ interests and aptitudes and lends itself to career and educational planning.Strategic Relationships
JEVS has developed a network of relationships with many aftercare providers in Philadelphia. To this end, we are able to alert inmates to possible job opportunities and organizations that can assist them to find employment upon their release.Contact:Patricia Slowe
JEVS Prison Program Director
Phone: (215) 685-7114
Fax: (215) 685-7199 Patricia.Slowe@phila.gov
O.P.T.I.O.N.S. provides addiction treatment services to inmates in intensive residential units.
Through the OPTIONS program, the PPS provides addiction treatment services, including evaluation, education, and counseling, to inmates in intensive residential units, called therapeutic communities, and in moderate “outpatient” units. OPTIONS programming was expanded during FY2002 to include a 48-bed therapeutic community at the Cambria Community Center.
OPTIONS serves as the first step in the continuum of care from prison to the community. Sentenced inmates participating in this program begin family therapy while still incarcerated. Upon completion of the OPTIONS program, PPS inmates may be paroled early.
The OPTIONS Program continued its partnership with Temple University for the Inside/ Out program, in which OPTIONS participants are paired with Temple University students in a forcredit class. Inmates participating in this program complete all the same assignments as university students.
- Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
- Narcotics Anonymous® is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem.
- Self-Awareness Group: The self-awareness treatment group focuses on understanding how addictions affect our perception of self. During this eight-week course using the Twelve Steps, Serenity Prayer and the Poem “MySelf” by Edgar Guest, we review perceptions of self viewed by the individuals & others as it relates to addiction treatment and plans for a clean & sober lifestyle.
PhilaCor is the divisional name for the ten industry shops, which are located throughout the Philadelphia Prison System.
The primary purpose of PhilaCor is to train inmates within the Philadelphia Prison System by providing real life work experiences, to equip them with transferable job skills and a work ethic that will help prepare them for post release reentry and employment, while operating in a business-like manner at minimal costs to the taxpayer.
Correctional Industries in Philadelphia has been in existence since 1933. During the 1980's, the industry program went through an expansion process, both in the amount of industries provided and the customer base reached. In 1988, Prison Industries was renamed PhilaCor and at that time the groundwork for a business enterprise was laid. Today, PhilaCor is one of the largest grossing jail industry programs in the nation. Revolving Fund
PhilaCor operates by a revolving fund, which was created by legislation and is overseen by the City of Philadelphia Finance Department. Bill number 1796 establishing the revolving fund was signed into effect on April 22, 1975. The fund provides PhilaCor with the flexibility necessary to manage operating expenses and to purchase raw materials and equipment on an as needed basis. PhilaCor's revenues are deposited into this fund and its expenditures are paid out of it. PhilaCor receives no money from the city to operate. Shops
PhilaCor is mandated to provide real life work experiences to inmates and to deliver quality goods and services to all city agencies and to the School District of Philadelphia. PHILACOR operates two types of shops; those shops, which provide goods and services solely for the Philadelphia Prison System, and those shops, which provide goods and services for the PPS, other city agencies and the School District of Philadelphia.
Shops servicing and proving goods for the Philadelphia Prison System are:
- The General Products Plant employs on average twenty inmates and produces an average of 7564 items per month.
- The Laundry employs an average of forty inmates on two shifts and cleans an average of 170,691 pounds of laundry per month.
- The Barricade Plant employing an average of 18 inmates daily and producing an average of 220 barricades per month.
- The Carpentry Shop employs an average of sixteen inmates daily and produces an average of 70 completed pieces of furniture a month.
- The Culinary Arts Program employees an average of five inmates and prepares on average 2156 items monthly.
- The Dry Cleaning Plant employing an average twenty inmates daily and cleaning 962 garments monthly.
- The Finishing Plant employees an average of sixteen inmates and finishes an average of 70 pieces of furniture per month.
- The Graphics Plant employees an average of twenty-seven inmates and prints an average of 1.065 million impressions per month.
- The Upholstery Plant The Textiles Plant employs an average of four inmates and produces a variety of engraved products. Embroidering, Slik-Screening and Rubber Stamps are also produced within this industry.
- PhilaCor's Furniture Plant produces a full line of case goods: such as desks, credenzas, bookcases, computer units, etc., as well as ergonomic seating, lobby seating and related items.
- The Culinary Arts Program, or CAP, offers lunch sales in the lobby of PICC on Tuesdays & Thursdays. The program also provides catering services for city agencies.
- The Graphics Plant operates a full service print shop, which specializes in business cards, letterheads, envelopes, multi-part forms and color copy work such as newsletters, bill stuffers, brochures etc. In addition, engraved plastic signage is available at very competitive prices.
- The Textiles Plant produces embroidered products, e.g. shirts, jackets, hats etc. Silk-screening is also done here,along with engraving services done on plastic or wood, such as name tags, name plates and signs. Rubber stamps is another item manufactured here.
A large sampling of the products made by PHILACOR is on display in the PHILACOR Showroom located inside of the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center (PICC) located at 8301 State Road in the northeast section of the city. You can make an appointment to visit the showroom by calling 215-685-7134.
By supporting Correctional Industries, your agency can obtain quality goods and services. At the same time your support keeps our shops running and offers an opportunity for incarcerated adults to become skilled in a marketable trade.Catalog
City agencies and non-profit organizations please see our catalog for items to purchase at competitive prices:
The Pre-GED Literacy Program is for inmates reading and performing at a sub 5th grade level.
The Pre-GED Literacy Program (PGLP) is for inmates reading and performing at a sub 5th grade level. PGLP was created to offer an individualized curriculum for inmates. It features an instructor leading and overseeing a classroom with inmate peer tutors offering academic support. The inmate tutors are paired with inmate learners to develop specific literacy skills identified by the TABE. The entire program features language arts, reading, writing, and math each delivered over 8 week intervals. The program is designed to progressively advance the academic level of each student.
A classroom environment offers students the opportunity to have face-to-face interactions with their peers and instructors. This is an added social benefit as well as an educational aid. Because students see the same peers in class every session, they get a chance to form friendships and support systems. Many times the inmates go back to their blocks and help each other. On the educational side, students get a chance to participate in a lecture or class discussion.
Upon completion the student is then prepared to take the GED exam or promoted to another part of the program within the PGLP framework.
The design of PLATO for the Philadelphia Prisons System is to appeal to the unique traits of different learners.
The curriculum is such that each inmate starts at the TABE identified grade level. PLATO then incorporates an engaging, age appropriate learning experience that emphasizes real world applications. Each inmate is actively engaged, and need to frequently interact with the content as opposed to simply sitting back and passively watching a monitor or screen and repeating answers. The inmate must learn the content to progress to the next grade level.
This active learning approach enables students to apply what they’ve learned and practice and check their understanding of concepts. PLATO Learning’s instruction is also designed to give the learner a choice of enabling a student’s to pre-assess and focus on only those areas that need mastery; or students can work through all of the instruction as defined by them.
Pennypack House School
Phone: (215) 685-7752
Services are provided to inmates exhibiting behaviors that require psychiatric services, court stipulated services, and those referred by social workers.
The Division of Psychology consists of one (1) Chief Psychologist and three (3) staff Psychologists. Services are provided to inmates exhibiting behaviors that require psychiatric services, court stipulated services, and those referred by social workers. The Psychologist conducts evaluations and assessments, facilitates individual and group counseling, facilitates group counseling for sex offenders, provides crisis intervention, and attends in-house special management hearings. As part of the Psychology Division, Sex Offender Services treatment is offered on a voluntary basis through group therapy and individual therapeutic meetings. Specialized treatment is offered through and coordinated by the Chief Psychologist. All Psychologists and Social Workers assigned to work with this population offer education treatment and intensive rehabilitation.
Our goal is to promote more effective, positive coping behavior in inmates and reduce the maladaptive actions of people under our care. Our first priority is to assist with inmates who are in more restrictive custody. This includes sitting on the administrative segregation review board that monitors these inmates and making regular rounds to monitor them in the housing areas. Our second priority is to handle requests from a variety of sources for evaluations. In this the psychologist acts as a kind of traffic cop, advising those with the responsibility in how to direct the treatment or other intervention in a way that will maximize its effectiveness.
Our services are delivered at three levels. Level I
services entail basic psychological services potentially available to all offenders in the system. Although use of these services may be affected by the available resources, the basic demographics of the population (males, females, juveniles, security classification, etc.) and the priorities set by the administration, they represent what should be a minimum level of psychological services. Their primary purpose entails the detection, diagnosis, short- and long-term treatment and the referral of inmates with significant mental health problems as well as problems that may be potentially life-threatening or that may seriously disrupt the safe and secure running of the institution..
These services include an adjunct to initial intake assessments, acute crisis intervention, brief counseling, individual psychotherapy, special custody reviews, mental health and cognitive functioning evaluations and evaluations to determine risk to the community upon release. Here the psychologists play a significant role in identifying emotional, intellectual and behavioral deficits and/or identifying significant mental impairment. They can identify specialized treatment needs, provide useful information to other institutional or outside agency staff (including assault potential, adjustment problems, special housing or program needs, etc.), and inform inmates about the availability of appropriate mental health services in the community and how to access them. Through their education, training and experience, the prison psychologists possess unique qualifications for administering, scoring and interpreting a wide variety of psychological tests and then integrating all available information into a coherent, understandable and pragmatic report. Level II
services build upon the outcome of Level I services. Level II services consist of programs and services offered to specific groups of offenders who possess similar problems or attributes or who share particular mental health treatment needs. Common issues or characteristics might include inmates who share specific demographic characteristics such as females or juveniles. Inmates can also be grouped into prison-specific needs such as inmates who are struggling with being in restricted custody or those who require anger management treatment. Other inmates have specific behavioral problems such as sex-offenders. These inmates are treated according to typologies and categories that may not fit the traditional diagnostic classifications but serve the needs not only of the offender but of the community. Research has increasingly reflected that such a way of viewing inmates, interacting with particular niches or environments within the prison, represents a highly effective way of viewing offenders and their behaviors so as to effectively intervene and promote more socially constructive alternatives.
The psychologists at the Philadelphia Prisons have worked to develop and implement such programs. They are delivered typically in a limited duration, group format which makes use of not only group interaction but supplementary written handouts and worksheets for the participants to work on by themselves. Furthermore, we have found that often these materials are passed on informally to other inmates setting up a powerful social pressure to both take the desired behavioral changes seriously though the use of peer pressure but also to extend the limited resources of staff. Furthermore, such programs imbue the correctional environment with a humanizing effect and can serve as valuable incentives for inmates to engage in pro-social behaviors. Various researchers in correctional psychology have suggested that effective programs promote safer, less costly prison operations as measured by such variables as reduced inmate idleness, lower offender assault and rule infraction rates, better inmate-staff relationships and higher staff morale. Level III
services involve the application of behavioral science principles at the institutional level through consultation and other system-oriented interventions. The psychologists can and do assist the prison administration by consulting and offering professional counsel in some areas of managing the overall correctional system. Such areas include developing taxonomy employed to control diverse sub-populations more safely and efficiently. Typically this helps to separate predatory or acting-out inmates from weaker ones, identify inmates in need of special housing or those with other needs of concern to those in charge of custody.
This level of services also includes training of correctional employees in such areas as conflict resolution, confrontation-avoidance methods, reinforcement of pro-social behavior in inmates (as opposed to just reacting to the noxious, aversive actions of offenders), stress management, etc. The Psychology department has provided training to new-recruits and others over the years through the Philadelphia Prisons Training Academy. This helps to build toward the ideal of a multi-disciplinary team whose members support and respect each other's work.
Since the thrust of the Philadelphia Prison System is re-entry, even though we work with the inmates in-house and help them adjust institutionally, we not only help them with evidence-based, empirically supported treatment, we also determine what services will best be able to help them when they leave to change their lives for the better. We empower the inmates to restructure how they think and behave in order to make lifestyle changes. We refer to variety of agencies in the community to help support this change and provide continuity of care. We try to cooperate with others in and out of the prison system to promote healthy behavior and change the lives of those who drain the community into behavior that will support the community.Contact:Dr. Carlton Payne
Chief of Psychology
Phone: (215) 685-8833
Fax: (215) 685-8508Carlton.Payne@phila.prisons.gov
Plays an active role in preparing individuals for re-entry to society through systematic discharge planning of sentenced inmates.
A combined effort between the Philadelphia Prison System, Adult Probation, and the Mayor's Office of Re-Entry.
Accordingly with the statement of purpose and the mission of the Philadelphia Prison System, the Re-entry Project will play an active role in preparing individuals for re-entry to society through systematic discharge planning of sentenced inmates.
Research on Prison Re-Entry IssuesInstituting Lasting Reforms for Prisoner Reentry in Philadelphia, John Roman, et.al., Urban Institute, November 2006 Urban Institute Report
Confinement and Justice Process in Philadelphia: Its Features and Implications for Planning. John S. Goldkamp, Crime and Justice Research Center, Philadelphia, November 2006.
Community College of Philadelphia’s Reentry Support Project offers a select group of sentenced inmates to earn nine to twelve college credits before their release.
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.
The Philadelphia Prison System is proud to have as part of its operations a Training Academy that serves approximately 2,000 dedicated employees and 1,000 generous volunteers.
All of the activities that occur within the Training Division are designed to support the mission of the PPS:
a) To provide a secure correctional environment that adequately detains persons accused or convicted of illegal acts;
b) to provide programs, services, and supervision in a safe, lawful, clean, humane environment;
c) and to prepare incarcerated persons for reentry into society in a frame of mind that will facilitate their becoming law-abiding citizens.
The Training Academy supports the staff's mission by providing:
- Comprehensive and up to date training programs to our staff of all ranks and disciplines;
- Cost effective programs and services that prepare our staff in a wide range of competencies and skills;
- Challenging and meaningful career and professional development training initiatives.
The PPS recognizes that a high level of professionalism is required in administering and operating an effective correctional system. To help create an atmosphere in which pride and professionalism will develop, the PPS is committed to providing a comprehensive orientation and training program that will emphasize and promote:
- Effective, responsible performance;
- Investment in the PPS’ mission and goals;
- Interpersonal skills for positive, professional
- Interaction with inmates, colleagues, and the public;
- Development of specialized skills;
- Thorough familiarity with all applicable standards,
- Statutes, court orders, policies and procedures;
- Staff morale and professional pride and growth.
The training program will include courses designed specifically to meet employee performance requirement and to further the goals of the PPS. The type and quantity of training required for each individual will be based on the employee's role and job responsibilities. The PPS encourages self and professional development for its employee and recognizes that it is mutually beneficial to provide support for staff in furthering their education. Ownership of responsibility for ensuring participation in relevant training is that of both the individual employees as well as the PPS. The PPS recognizes that skills and abilities are important factors in work assignment and career advancement, and where resources are available, it will strive for the highest level of support for employees in furthering their education through training.ObjectivesPre-Service Training
Specific objectives for pre-service training will be:
- To educate new employees regarding the PPS’ organizational structure and the full range of departments, functions and programs;
- To establish the philosophical and practical meaning of the PPS’ mission and goals, and to demonstrate their relationship to policy and procedure;
- To instruct new employees in the PPS’ policies and procedures, as well as applicable standards, statutes and laws, stipulations and agreements;
- To ensure that all new employees are fully aware of the standards of conduct and performance expected of them and of the consequences of failure to meet those standards;
- To familiarize employees with the PPS’ physical plant;
- To provide new employees with a basic understanding of (a) City government officials, departments, etc., (b) the role of PPS in relation to other law enforcement and correctional agencies, and (c) civil service policies and other rules affecting employment;
- To provide new employees with tools and strategies to perform their work to the best of their ability.
- IN-SERVICE TRAINING
- To enable current employees to keep up with new developments in correctional and specialty fields;
- To offer opportunities for refining and expanding skills;
- To re-enforce awareness of standards, policies, procedures, and resources (including re-certification in firearms, CPR and basic first aid) as appropriate; and
- To develop a cadre of trained and knowledgeable supervisory and management staff who will provide guidance and leadership within their areas of responsibility, and will serve as resources in classroom and on-the-job training.
Specific objectives for orientation for non-security, contract staff, volunteers and interns will be:
Supervisory and Promotional Training
- To familiarize new PPS personnel with basic security concepts and requirements;
- To educate regarding the PPS’ mission and goals, organizational structure, departments, programs, and physical plant;
- To provide instruction regarding applicable standards, statutes, policies, court orders and laws; and
- To prepare PPS staff to communicate effectively with inmates and other PPS employees.
Specific objectives of supervisory and promotional training will be:
- To provide supervisors with tools and techniques
- To increase confidence and resourcefulness as a supervisor;
- To offer opportunities for expanding knowledge and skills through in-house and outside resources;
- To improve communication skills, including writing, speaking, and listening; and
- To continue to develop leadership qualities to aid in supervising, directing, and motivating employees.
Directions From I-95 South:
1) Merge onto I-95 S toward CENTRAL PHILA.
2) Take the ACADEMY ROAD / LINDEN AVE exit- EXIT 32.
2) Stay STRAIGHT to go onto ACADEMY RD.
3) Take the TORRESDALE AVE ramp.
4) Keep RIGHT at the fork to go on TORRESDALE AVE
Directions From I-95 North:
1) Merge onto I-95 N
2) Take the COTTMAN AVENUE / RHAWN ST exit- EXIT 30- toward PA-73.
3) Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto COTTMAN AVE.
4) Turn RIGHT onto STATE RD.
5) Turn LEFT onto RHAWN ST.
6) Turn RIGHT onto TORRESDALE AVE. (One-half block in front of Holmesburg Prison on the right side of street).
From I-76 EAST:
1) Merge onto I-76 E toward PHILADELPHIA.
2) Merge onto VINE ST EXWY/I-676 E/US-30 going East
3) Merge onto I-95 N via the exit on the left- toward TRENTON.
4) Take the COTTMAN AVENUE / RHAWN ST exit- EXIT 30- toward PA-73.
5) Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto COTTMAN AVE.
6) Turn RIGHT onto STATE RD.
7) Turn LEFT onto RHAWN ST.
8) Turn RIGHT onto TORRESDALE AVE. (One-half block in front of Holmesburg Prison on the right side of street).
From Center City Philadelphia:
1) Merge onto VINE ST EXWY/I-676 E/US-30 going East
2) Merge onto I-95 N via the exit on the left- toward TRENTON.
3) Take the COTTMAN AVENUE / RHAWN ST exit- EXIT 30- toward PA-73.
4) Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto COTTMAN AVE.
5) Turn RIGHT onto STATE RD.
6) Turn LEFT onto RHAWN ST.
7) Turn RIGHT onto TORRESDALE AVE. (One-half block in front of Holmesburg Prison on the right side of street).
From North US-1 / Roosevelt Blvd:
1) Merge onto Route US-1 NORTH / Roosevelt Boulevard.
2) Turn RIGHT onto COTTMAN AVE / PA-73.
3) Turn LEFT onto US-13 / FRANKFORD AVE.
4) Turn RIGHT onto RHAWN ST.
5) Turn LEFT onto TORRESDALE AVE.
From South US-1 / Roosevelt Blvd:
1) Merge onto Route US-1 SOUTH / Roosevelt Boulevard.
2) Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto RHAWN ST
3) Turn LEFT onto TORRESDALE AVE.
The Division of Volunteer Services coordinates services through the use of volunteers and outside agencies/entities to provide programming and ancillary services at each PPS facility.
Services such as AA, NA, CA anonymous groups, tutorial, vocation, educational services are offered by volunteers with specific skills and educational backgrounds. I am a Prospective Volunteer
Welcome Prospective Volunteers! Volunteering with the Philadelphia Prison System can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. PPS depends and relies on volunteers’ everyday to ensure that the system operates properly and smoothly. To find out more information about becoming a volunteer please feel free to contact the Volunteer Services Department at (215) 685-8509. Thanks very much in advance for your interest, and we hope to see you soon!Volunteer Overview
Any person of good character at least eighteen years of age, and sufficiently mature to handle the responsibilities involved, is eligible to become a volunteer. No individual has an entitlement to selection as a volunteer.
The Volunteer and Chaplaincy Services Units recruit, screen, train and monitor the activities of over 2,000 individual volunteers in the Philadelphia Prison System (PPS). The Volunteer Services Unit also places graduate and undergraduate students in field education assignments. The Chaplaincy Services Unit delivers religious-based programs to the inmate population, including worship services for all the major faiths, pastoral counseling, Bible study classes, an aftercare program that seeks to link discharged inmates with houses of worship in the community, and victim-offender reconciliation.
Aside from the general eligibility requirements referred to above, a student intern will require a PPS staff person who will supervise the student and meet the requirements of their College or University.
Placement is at the discretion of the Volunteer Services or Chaplaincy Services Director. In the case of volunteers who are physically challenged, arrangements will be made to accommodate the volunteer in any way possible in keeping with the safety and security responsibilities of the Philadelphia Prisons System.
Ex-offenders may be accepted as volunteers only after they have been released from Prison for six months or more, and subject to the Commissioner's approval. Inmate’s relatives may serve as volunteers provided they are not volunteering to serve in the same facility in which their family member is housed.Orientation and Training
All prospective volunteers are required to attend a pre-service training/orientation session before they are admitted to participate in the Volunteer and Chaplaincy Service Programs. Approved applicants will be briefed on all rules and procedures related to their roles as volunteers in accordance with PPS Policy and Procedure. The Volunteer Services and Chaplaincy Services Directors will schedule orientation and training in conjunction with the Chief of Operations of the Training Academy.Volunteer Form »
Download, print, and complete the application - then fax or return it via mail to the address listed below:Philadelphia Prisons System
ATTN: Loida Moreno, DirectorVolunteer Services
8001 State Road
Philadelphia, PA 19136
Fax: (215) 685-8506Contact:Loida Moreno
Phone: (215) 685-8509 Loida.Moreno@prisons.phila.gov