The GRI partners with many agencies in Philadelphia. These partnerships are crucial to the success of our program and our clients. This list is by no means exhaustive, but highlights some key collaborators.

The Defender Association of Philadelphia

1441 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Defender Association of Philadelphia is an independent, non-profit corporation founded in 1934 by a group of Philadelphia lawyers dedicated to the ideal of providing high quality legal services for indigent criminal defendants. That ideal continues today with over 200 full-time Assistant Defenders who represent approximately 70% of all people arrested in Philadelphia. The Defender Association works closely with the GRI to select clients to participate in the GRI. Once the GRI intern and client have finalized the client’s discharge plan, the Defender Association acts as the primary mediator between the GRI, the District Attorney, and the client’s judge. The Defender Association plays a crucial role in the GRI; their support and guidance are integral to our success.

Pennsylvania Prison Society

245 North Broad Street, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Established in 1787, the mission of the Pennsylvania Prison Society is “to advocate for a humane, just and restorative correctional system, and to promote a rational approach to criminal justice issues.” For over 225 years, the Prison Society has advocated for and offered services to currently and formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. The organization has served thousands of people while they are incarcerated, returning citizens, and their family members through direct services and programs, prison visitation, and public education. The Prison Society graciously provides a physical location for GRI interns to meet with clients following their release from custody.

Philadelphia Prison System

Various Locations
Philadelphia, PA  

The Philadelphia Prison System (PPS) confines adults who have been committed by the courts as well as juveniles who have been remanded to the adult penal system through either direct file or certification. The PPS offers a variety of services and programs to incarcerated people, including addiction treatment, educational services, religious services, and psychological services. The PPS gives GRI interns access to several facilities to conduct discharge planning and individual counseling with clients prior to their release from custody. Having this access gives GRI interns a greater understanding of the role of social work in a jail setting.

Adult Probation and Parole Department

1401 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Adult Probation and Parole Department (APPD) serves as the community corrections agency for the Philadelphia criminal justice system. APPD staff supervises all people on probation or parole in Philadelphia County. The APPD becomes immediately and actively involved with the GRI upon clients’ release from custody, building working relationships between interns and each client’s designated probation or parole officer (PO). The collaborative effort between the intern, the officer, and the client allows for a more comprehensive approach to addressing each client’s individual needs.

Community College of Philadelphia Reentry Support Project

(Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society)

1700 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia PA 19130
Phone: 215-751-8324

In 2010, Community College of Philadelphia established the Reentry Support Project, an initiative of the College’s Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society. The mission of the Reentry Support Project is to:

  1. Provide unique credit and noncredit learning opportunities at the College for adults with criminal records;
  2. Assist the College’s students with criminal records with navigating their College and reentry experience;
  3. Establish partnerships with local service providers who can assist the College’s students with criminal records with overcoming barriers to their success;
  4. Contribute to county, state, and federal reentry initiatives designed to increase public safety and reduce recidivism in Philadelphia.

The GRI works with the students both pre and post-release, while also providing job readiness workshops and walk-in resource services for all formerly incarcerated students on the college’s campus.

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