Following this year’s focus, another organization called New Leash On Life offers a unique way to combat recidivism, the tendency to land back in the system, among Philadelphia inmates. The organization takes dogs scheduled to be euthanized and pairs them with inmates of Philadelphia’s prisons in hopes of giving both parties a better life with one another. In addition to a new best friend, New Leash On Life provides career building skills.

To Sean Hawes, a member of the organization since its creation, something like Cause Village combines two powerful things: music and social justice.

“Not only are you having a great day to come out and see some great acts, but you’re also able to see and learn about different causes and different organizations that are looking to make change in our country and returning citizens in the city of Philadelphia and around the nation,” said Hawes.

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