Meet Mr. Joshua Garner

If you’ve never met him, you’ll want to! Mr. Joshua Garner will be spearheading the ICJ Peer Support Program 

Having been released a little over a year ago, Mr. Garner has accomplished A LOT. He has given countless hours to philanthropic work giving back to the community, from bookbag giveaways to children in need, helping the homeless, leading expungement clinics, and more. He has done speaking engagements and panels to educate and advocate on the injustices of the carceral system. While Mr. Garner used to work at the Institute for Community Justice, he is now the Lead Certified Paralegal of Igwe Law Firm. He founded and operates Right to be Free, a nonprofit that assists juvenile lifers in obtaining clemency, and will be attending Harvard University’s distance learning program.

We welcome you Mr. Garner, and are excited for what’s to come!

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Be a Mentor with the PA Prison Society

The PA Prison Society is looking for mentors to work with individuals who are preparing to come home after time in prison and to help them
successfully navigate reentry. PA Prison Society mentors come from all walks of life and backgrounds.

Have you recently returned home from prison and are currently on parole?

Are you someone who:

  • is a good listener and empathetic individual?
  • is looking to make a meaningful difference in someone’s life?
  • cares deeply about criminal justice reform and breaking the cycles of recidivism?
  • wants to gain skills and experience in the field of reentry services?

Join the Prison Society Mentoring Program

  • Receive a one-on-one mentor and build your network of support
  • Have access to reentry peer support meetings
  • Obtain connections to resource providers throughout Philadelphia area

We are especially interested in mentors who are formerly incarcerated themselves or have supported someone who has experienced the challenges of reentry.

Interested? For more information call, 215-564-4775 or email

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Parents Progressing with Life: Parenting Skills Training Program

Presented by CJ & Progressive Life Center, Inc.

Every Thursday Starting October 20, 2022, for 12 weeks from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Program Features:

  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Identify, express, process, manage feelings
  • Ages and stages of child development
  • Positive parenting
  • Nurturing and responsive parenting
  • Educational needs, standards, advocacy

  • Rolling Enrollment
  • Registration Required
  • Free Admission
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Reentry Month Bail Out Fund

The Institute for Community Justice is celebrating Reentry Awareness Month in Philadelphia. In doing so, we have created a Reentry Month Bail Out Fund in which we are accepting donations to assist persons who cannot afford bail.

75% of persons in local jails are unconvicted, most cannot afford bail. It is our hope to bail out a minimum of 15 persons or more from local jails.

For every $10 donated, your name is put into a raffle to win a refurbished laptop! We are accepting donations through the end of June!

How to donate

  • Donate Now: Select Amount and ICJ > Dedicate this Donation  – Type “BAIL” > Fill in your contact and payment information.
  • PayPal: Assata Thomas (include your name, and contact information, and write BAIL in the note box

For more information, please contact Brenda Bowens #215-525-0460 X419, OR Gina Mencarelli #215-525-0460 X404,

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