The Prince Hall Masonic Lodge on North Broad Street came alive with applause as the Philadelphia Citizens Advisory Council for Probation and Parole honored men and women making a difference daily at its 3rd annual recognition ceremony. PCHR’s Patricia Coyne, veteran community relations division representative, helped to emcee the event.
Overall, some 16 individuals and groups making a positive impact on the probation and parole process were formally thanked — and cheered. Among this year’s awardees were individuals from the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, JEVS Human Services, and RISE — Mayor Nutter’s Office of Reintegration Services, as well as former parolees who are now thriving in their new lives.
Philadelphia Police Department Deputy Commissioner Thomas H. Wright, Pennsylvania Probation and Parole Chairman Michael C. Potteiger and Prince Hall Senior Grand Warden Malcolm E. Harris were among the luminaries offering words of gratitude and encouragement in the ongoing effort to help ensure safer communities and support for families across the city.
About 100 people attended the event, including state Rep. Vanessa Lowery-Brown and various legislative and civic partners. And PCHR also shared valuable information about its “Ban the Box” initiative.
The advisory council helps to build bridges between those navigating the criminal justice system and the wider community, reducing tensions and increasing understanding. Coyne represents PCHR on the council.