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New Exhibit at Biddle Law Library: The Reentry Think Tank

March 23, 2017

In the United States, there are more than 70 million people with criminal records. These records create obstacles to employment, housing, education, healthcare, and social mobility, while stigmatizing and shackling people to their past. These struggles are massive but also position those with criminal records as the reentry experts that society needs to listen to. While so much could be learned, this expertise is sadly often overlooked, dismissed, and silenced.

 The Philadelphia Reentry Think Tank responds to this crisis and opportunity by connecting returning citizens with the region’s top artists, civil rights lawyers, and other community experts to transform the stereotypes, social services, and policies that impact their lives, families, and communities.

 A new exhibit in the Biddle Law Library features the powerful words and images of the Think Tank Fellows, returning citizens from reentry programs around the city, who have been recognized for their exceptional work, and nominated to be a part of the Think Tank. The banners in the library feature Think Tank Fellows visually and verbally responding to the question “What do you need to stay free”.

 On March 29, the Think Tank Fellows will be coming to Penn for an evening of art, activism and conversation. Hear how the Think Tank is partnering with lawyers, advocates and many others to transform Philadelphia’s reentry services and experience their dynamic art exhibit firsthand. More information can be found on the  Reentry Think Tank website and Facebook event.

View the exhibit in the Biddle Law Library Gateway from March 22 through March 29, 2017.

The Biddle Law Library at the University of Pennsylvania

3501 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104