Art beyond Bars: A Case Study of the People's Paper Co-Op in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Research Report

Art beyond Bars: A Case Study of the People's Paper Co-Op in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

September 25, 2018

Abstract

Key takeaway: Innovative arts and culture strategy enhances reentry service provision in Philadelphia

Abstract: This report describes how the People’s Paper Co-op redesigns reentry services to uniquely improve the wellbeing of formerly incarcerated individuals in Philadelphia through arts and cultural activities. Through interviews with returning women and men, People’s Paper Co-op staff, and funders, this case study finds that inviting people exiting jails and prisons to participate in and lead reform, building community around their shared experience, and employing arts and culture as vehicles for reform all hold transformative potential to enhance the design and delivery of reentry services.

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