Saluting active engagement: Citizens Advisory Council for Probation and Parole’s 3rd annual recognition ceremony

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.

Patricia Coyne

PCHR’s Patricia Coyne names awardees at the PBPP 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.

(L-R) Michael Potteiger, Chairman, PA Board of Probation and Parole (PBPP) Cedric Smith, PBPP ASCRA Agent, Philadelphia Region Tonie Willis, Ardella's House (for reentering/recovering women) Bonnietta Ferguson, Deputy Director for Reentry (PBPP - Philadelphia Region) Christian Stephens, PBPP ASCRA Agent, Philadelphia Region Thomas Wright, Deputy Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department CB Kimmins, Chairman, Probation/Parole CAC-Philadelphia Chairman Vincent Faust, "Sobriety Through Outpatient." PCHR's Patricia Coyne is at the podium.

(L-R) Michael Potteiger, chairman, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole,
Cedric Smith, PBPP resource agent, Philadelphia region,Tonie Willis, Ardella’s House, Bonnietta Ferguson, PBPP deputy director for reentry, Philadelphia region, Christian Stephens, PBPP resource agent, Philadelphia Region, Deputy Commissioner Thomas Wright, Philadelphia Police Department, CB Kimmins, chairman, Philadelphia Citizens Advisory Council and Vincent Faust of Sobriety Through OutPatient Inc. PCHR’s Patricia Coyne is at the podium.

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.

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