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- Nelson Mandela



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Spring Member meet with Gaudenzia presentation


Our meeting will include an informative presentation by Elena Lupo, from Gaudenzia, the organization the Prison contracts with to offer rehabilitation programs, including Anger Management & Understanding Drug and Alcohol Addiction.
A light informal dinner and social meet-and-greet from 6:30 to 7:00, followed by the Member meeting including guest presentation from Gaudenzia. Cost will be $8.00.

Prison Policy Initiative releases 'Mass Incarceration 2016' Report


This report by Peter Wagner and Bernadette Rabuy offers some much needed clarity by piecing together this country’s disparate systems of confinement. The American criminal justice system holds more than 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 942 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,283 local jails, and 79 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, and prisons in the U.S. territories.1 And we go deeper to provide further detail on why convicted and not convicted people are locked up in local jails. Read Full Article



Daily Local article highlights Challenges facing Prison Inmates on being released


SOUTH COATESVILLE >> State Rep. Harly Lewis Jr. moderated a public discussion about challenges facing prison inmates who are in the process of being released. Several local public officials, community members, activists and other individuals involved with the correctional system attended the meeting. The Daily Local article : Full Article

Stanford article : A Hard Look at How We See Race


Jennifer Eberhardt's article shows subconscious connections people have between black faces and crime.
Read here


USA Today article on Reducing Incarceration


Police Chiefs from Chicago and New Orleans speak on Police recommendations to reduce incarceration.
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New Volunteer Graduates



The Thresholds volunteers training session took place on Saturday September 19th at the Government Services Building on Westtown Road in West Chester. Gerry and Dona were the facilitators for this session of 5 trainees, and made the presentation interesting and practical.
We’re excited to have these new teachers for the student-inmates in the upcoming classes.




Inmate-Student experience with Thresholds

here are some quotes gathered by the macro teachers from some of the inmates about their experience with Thresholds

  • I liked how you break down and evaluate the situation.
  • I was able to learn something new and life changing. I learned that when you take the time out and think, the outcome may surprise you.
  • I reacted without thinking before and now I think before I do.
  • I learned to step back and think before I act and every situation has gifts and limits.
  • Now I use it everyday. Stepping back and making a good decision kept me out of trouble.

Thresholds Reentry Program

We have a re-entry session that is conducted the week after graduation for a class at their regular date and time. This is provided for Men and Women, both at prison and corrections center. Just like with our program, this is an optional program that the student can elect to participate in. Connie leads this program and she reviews the guide contents and answers questions for the students. Each student receives a copy of the manual. We encourage clients to become familiar with the contents of the manual that might be useful to them upon release.Everyone is welcome to come and observe the program to see if you might be interested in volunteering.

Youth Corner

Threshold's delivers three programs at the Youth Center: Shelter, Detention and Evening Reporting Center (ERC). Thresholds is still very strong at the Youth Center. We had 63 youths graduate from the program this school year! The shelter program is conducted the 1st Saturday of the month from September to May, the Detention program is done the 2nd Saturday and Sunday of the month from September to May and the ERC program is currently on hold until we can get more volunteers involved in the program. If anyone is interested in learning more about the Youth Center programs please contact Alison at youthcenter@thresholdschesco.org

Sponsor an Inmate

The Fund Raising committee has put together the 'Sponsor an Inmate' Program. We started the campaign at our general member meeting in April have already raised $280 which sponsors 18 inmates! The form is included at the end of the Spring newsletter and can be passed out to anyone who may be interested in donating. This program was designed and implemented by the Fund Raising committee that was formed from the Strategic Plan. If you are interested in joining this committee, see the Spring new letter for more details.

Strategic Plan is Complete

We have completed our Strategic Plan for 2013-2014. We have formed four committees to help implemented the goals and objectives stated in the document. These committees are: Volunteer, Program, Fund Raising , and Publicity/Marketing. At this time both the Fund Raising and Publicity committees are looking for additional committee members. Contact the president if you are interested and want more information.