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Does anyone have any information about the CCC Renewal Inc. in Pittsburgh? Any info. would be GREATLY appreciated.

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i know this thread is very old, but i was just curious if anyone has since had any information about this place. I'm looking to find out any info i can on the HWH's in Pittsburgh and their conditions.

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All I know is that it is right in downtown Pittsburgh in an older building. I ride past it everyday on the way to work. I guess since I don't know much else that it was pretty pointless to post this but it was something. I will see what other info I can come up with and let you know.
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http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/...25/detail.html

this is a newstory from 2004 on the place
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I Know It Houses Federal And State Men Not Sure About Women!
There Is A Pto Member That Worked There Before. Maybe She Can Give Us Some Insite!!!! Pnellwife3 Where You At!!!!
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Here it goes The Renewal Inc. located at 339 blvd of the Allies in Pittsburgh, PA. 15222phone (412)456-1441, about 3 blocks from the Allegheny County Jail. Yes, the do house both State and Federal inmates. they have to find a job and take some classes, they halfway house also take 25% of whatever they make you can visit , they also recieve passes to look for work, etc. They also have chores to do, have urine test daily. Are allowed 4-5 outfits (family members, girlfriends etc. can bring them down), as well as towels, soap, toiletries etc. they do have curfews, if they are going to be late from work etc. Call, call, call because if they don't they will issue a warrant with the quickness. if you need any more info pm me
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The PA DOC website has an entire section on Community Corrections. To read more about Renewal go to: http://www.cor.state.pa.us/ccc/site/default.asp
and then click on "Resident Handbooks" and then click on "Contract Facilities". On the newly opened web page look under Region 3 and click on "Renewal".
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Thank you everyone so much for all the input and help! I've read the forum for a while before joining, and i have to say how fantastic and helpful everyone is around here.
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I need to know if anyone knows of bad things that happened at Renewal.inc.
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while i can't tell you of any bad things that have happened there dmariein52, i can pass along this letter that someone close to me who was recently in Renewal sent to the inmates at the former facility he was incarcerated. it's a pretty interesting look at the first few days and his thoughts after leaving an FCI, his experience is with the Federal floor and Staff of Renewal, so results might be different with the State floor and staff.


having absolutely nothing to do last Friday at the halfway house I decided to share my experience with the inmates at the Morgantown FCI, the place I just left – everyone wants to know what happens after one leaves. So I wrote the following e-mail to them.

Renewal, Inc. is located at 339 Blvd of the Allies, in Downtown Pittsburgh, across the street from the YMCA. It’s an eight story building between Wood and Smithfield streets.
As I left Morgantown just before 8:00 am (the departure process took ~ 30 min for the 2 of us leaving on the same day mostly because I had to wait for a pharmacist to bring my medication supply for the next 30 days) a C.O. came out with me to find my wife’s car and to check her driver’s license, we were given 3 hours (until 11:00 am) to arrive at Renewal. I was dropped in front of the halfway house at 11:00 am. They did put arrival time on a form they fill out when I showed up – it was 11:05 am (took me a while to go through the security entrance.) Every inmate (they call us here “residents”) coming in – new or already experienced – takes a breathalyzer test, removes his shoes/socks off, and goes through a metal detector until it stops beeping. They expected me; and I was the only federal inmate who arrived on that Thursday. For the week (and I do not yet know about today, Friday, there were 5 of us newcomers – we all had an orientation earlier this morning. My bag was emptied into a large black garbage bag and stored until my release. All my things were thoroughly search and returned to me.
I sat idle on a chair by the monitoring station for almost 2 hours waiting mostly for the people to come back from their lunch break and take care of me. my intake manager, talked to me for a minute or two before leaving to her lunch and even arranged for a simple meal to be brought down from the cafeteria. She had several conversations with my daughter in the last month or so (my daughter was trying to get more information about my arrival, conditions, and special needs) and knew surprisingly much about me.
After she got back from lunch (~ 1:00 pm) she called me to her office, asked a bunch of typical initial questions, took my thumb print (again!), 2 photos, and issued me an ID. My bed number, case manager’s name, and a locker combination have already been pre-assigned when I got to Renewal, Inc. (I had to go back and change my pre-assigned upper bunk to a lower bunk in a different room. Since there were no empty lower bunks in the Federal floor – 7th floor – she had to move one of the young guys that came in a day before me and thought he was lucky to get a lower bunk.) My impression was that they were filled to capacity; today I saw one upper bunk empty, will see for how long.)
I am sure you can easily imagine a typical size of one floor of a Downtown building circa 1st third of the XX century. We have a total of 6 rooms with 10 bunk beds each (5 lowers and 5 uppers.) Thus, it seems the total capacity for federal inmates is about 60 people. A resident’s ID number is based on the room number, for example, mine is 70403: seventh floor, room 4, bed 03.
Our floor also has 3 offices for Case Managers (mine happened to be on the 2nd floor,) one TV room with 1 TV set, which is switched off between 7:30 am and 4:00 pm. Several vending machines are installed in the TV room with their selection a bit less and prices a bit more than at Morgantown rec. center. The room holds 12 chairs, some additional chairs are available and used for major TV events, like when Steelers played Browns last Sunday – then you have more interested than room and several inmates were unable to sit at all.
There is a little sitting/reading room with a table, leftover books (about a dozen or so), newspapers, Yellow and White Pages; a large bathroom (looks to me a bit larger than a wing bathroom at Alexander), a padlocked smoking room (smoking ban went into effect on Thursday, September 11, 2008 in all of the Allegheny County – inmates are smoking in the bathroom and security is starting to go after them, but the atmosphere is a lot more relaxed than in Morgantown, at least for now and inmates are no longer allowed to go outside for a smoke.)
The place is BORING! – and that’s an understatement! We are not allowed to lay on our beds after 7:30 am (10:30 am on weekends,) the little weight room on the 6th floor is pathetic and almost always closed; classes on the 8th floor are laughable but required to complete orientation programs (other inmates are telling me). Today, on Friday, the morning classes got cancelled, the learning center is closed all afternoon, so I have nothing to do until Monday.
Five public telephones are hanging on the walls at the end of our bedroom corridor; they only take quarters: 50c for 10 minutes local calls (Monroeville is considered “local”) or $2.00 for 10 minutes for all other calls. NO TELEPHONE CARDS OF ANY KIND ARE ACCEPTED. Washers (2) and dryers (2) take 3 quarters each for a wash load, 2 more quarters are needed to buy a box of Wisk detergent from another vending machine. So before coming in get yourself $20 – 30 worth of quarters for the first week or two: change machines are limited, pop and snack machines are used to change paper dollars to 4 quarters or 10 dimes, but their supply of coins is limited, an operator comes in twice a week (also have $10 – 20 in newer looking one-dollar bills.)
Beds are wider than at Alex, but mattresses and pillows are terrible. I slept very little last night and today I am on a mission to steal another mattress and a second pillow. Although only one guy in the room was snoring audibly, the beds themselves make a lot of noise. Temperature is kept comfortable, windows are locked and bolted, yesterday was 80F in Pittsburgh, but it was 70 – 72F inside.
The cafeteria is on the 6th floor. Meal times are 6:30 to 7:30 am for breakfast, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm for lunch, and 5:00 to 6:30 pm for dinner. Those who work can sign up for a bag lunch to go and/or a late dinner (around 10:00 pm if they miss their meals because of being at work.) Last night’s dinner was lousy (pasta, little salad, bread a la our “wheat” bread, two little cartons of ice tea or orange/grape drink and the highlight of the day – prepackaged chocolate ice cream.) Breakfast this morning, though, blew me away: two fried eggs (real mind you, not powdered!) 3 sausage links, toast (same bread), a Styrofoam cup of orange juice (and one can take more than one cup), brewed coffee. Cereals and little individual cartons of 1% milk were available in addition or instead of a hot breakfast (I got both.) Lunch was a salad (most took 2 little Styrofoam bowls each,) tater tots (at least twice as much as Morgantown’s portions,) two chicken patties (breaded, baked) and two hamburger buns for each inmate, even some kind of soup (upon request.) Again, two cartons of drinks with a selection that included regular and chocolate milk in addition to those previously described.
Coming in I only had 3 dollars in singles and 2 quarters, so I quickly ran out of change. I asked my wife to bring me $10 in quarters and my son dropped them off at the center around 12 noon today. Packages (including money) are allowed to be delivered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm, although the newcomers, inmates say, are allowed to get their first package on any day, but then are required to adhere to the approved schedule. Running business from here is formally not allowed, but I do not know how it could be controlled or stopped: in just one day I was able to talk at length to my wife, my accountant, my lawyer, several members of my family and friends – and all that at 5 c/min if you talk until you are interrupted at the end of the 10 min telephone call. And then you can put 50 c more and call the same or a different person for 10 more minutes…
My first meeting with the case manager (nice kid, 29 years old) was rather uneventful, though he appeared to be trying to help, has an “open door” policy (not every case manager is like that according to other inmates).
He says he wants to move me through the process of home confinement transfer as soon as possible (I kind of understood that it takes 2 to 3 weeks but maybe it’s just wishful thinking on my part.) He requested a phone bill with all extra services (call forwarding, caller ID, etc. – except for call waiting) removed from the line at home, gave me 2 forms (home PASS authorization and home confinement authorization to fill out with basic information, such as address, who lives there, their telephones; lined up job description, company name, address, telephone, supervisor’s name, etc.) Both forms are t o be reviewed by the Individual Plan Team members (like our Unit Team) and require an approval by the USPO (probation officer) including a home/business visit if they choose to do so.
My lawyer talked to a Community Correction Specialist (who reports to the CCM) and was told that this process typically takes 30 days and is encouraged by the BOP: halfway house management is supposed to explain to BOP cases which are not transferred to home confinement after 30 days (Let’s hope I can beat that average on the short side.)
Being confined to one floor of the building after having a resort-like setting for almost a year is tough to get used to. Even liberal use of telephones has drawbacks: without 15 min limit and ˝ hour waiting period between calls, some inmates abuse telephone usage spending hours at a time on the public phones – it turns out that 5 telephones for 60 people is not as many as I thought originally, especially in the evenings.
Another extremely inefficient activity – getting one’s own medication. Upon arrival at the halfway house all pills are put in the central place and stored there for every inmate. At certain times during the day (5:30, 9:00 AM; 12:30, 4:00, 8:00 AND 11:30 PM) one may come down to be administered his prescribed medication. The process is extremely slow and poorly organized: it took me 45 min this morning to get the pills I was able to get from my locker in Morgantown…
Headcounts are similar to the 12 noon accountability at Morgantown except that a Monitor (an equivalent of a C.O.) comes to wherever we are, asks for our bed numbers, and checks it on his simple form – and that’s it, done, plain and simple: no need to line up outside the bubble, no need to go back to your cube, no need to wake up or even to get up…
My first halfway house piss test was administered on the day I arrived (don’t drink and drive from Morgantown!) Guys here say it’s random but usually weekly event. The only difference with Morgantown – A Monitor stays in the bathroom with you. Well, whatever makes them happy…
The worst thus far in my entire halfway house experience is a total lack of exercise, limited space for that many people, extremely limited activities. Lots of food (in comparison) and practically no movement. Climbing 12 flights of steps (2 per floor with 26 steps from 1st to 2nd and 20 steps per floor thereafter, not that you really care) up and down 4-5 times a day is my only physical activity. I could probably get myself an elevator pass, but I do not want to do it on purpose – it’s a good exercise.
The only TV set on our floor is controlled by a middle aged overweight white guy (what a contrast with the Alex TV decision makers!) who likes “2-1/2 Men”, “Simpson’s”, college football and KDKA for news.

All of the above was written on Friday, September 12, 2008, on the day I was extremely bored having nothing better to do. It is now Tuesday, September 16, 2008. I had a visit (my wife and son) on Sunday for 1 hour. After that I was given a shopping pass for 30 min at a drug store a couple of blocks away and then, after calling the Monitors at Renewal, Inc. on the phone to report a “crossover”, 1 hour at Burlington coat factory Downtown store. We spent all that time together; I even bought a shirt and paid with my own money from my own wallet (I think it was my last kitchen pay for August that I had no time to spend with all those card game winnings.) My case manager – real nice guy – approved my work pass, so I already started working on Monday. My schedule is stabilized: I now leave Renewal at 8:30 am to get to a bus stop across the street, board a bus to Monroeville (takes over 1 hour to get there) and start work around 10:00 am. At the end of the day (8:00 pm) I get on the bus and have to be back at Renewal, Inc. no later than 9:30 pm. My house should be inspected this or early next week and if successful, I may be given a house pass for the weekend and my transfer to home confinement may thus receive a needed boost.
Being away from the halfway house for almost the entire day is great! That place is like a dorm where one only comes to sleep if one can arrange it. Having a job offer at the end of your Morgantown stay may speed things up significantly – at least it has for me.
These are my news up to date. Please share them with anyone interested. Any questions or comments – use the same route.
Hope you guys are alright. As I said before, Morgantown is a resort – enjoy it while you must, but not a day longer that you can.
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Here it goes The Renewal Inc. located at 339 blvd of the Allies in Pittsburgh, PA. 15222phone (412)456-1441, about 3 blocks from the Allegheny County Jail. Yes, the do house both State and Federal inmates. they have to find a job and take some classes, they halfway house also take 25% of whatever they make you can visit , they also recieve passes to look for work, etc. They also have chores to do, have urine test daily. Are allowed 4-5 outfits (family members, girlfriends etc. can bring them down), as well as towels, soap, toiletries etc. they do have curfews, if they are going to be late from work etc. Call, call, call because if they don't they will issue a warrant with the quickness. if you need any more info pm me
Hi all. I am brand new to this whole prison "experience"!

A good friend of mine just go put into Allegheney County jail

She mentioned Renewal Center and said that it "sets you up for failure". Of course, these are HER words and as long as I've known her, she's been a glass half empty kind of gal. Seriously though, her negative outlook on life is really making it hard for her to see potential opportunities like Renewal.

My question is does anyone have DIRECT experience with Renewal? Did you participate directly as an inmate or as a friend or family member? Is it good or bad? Any info would be GREATLY appreciated!
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i need to see if anyone else on here is experiencing what they are doing to inmates at this place. it is crap. i need to know who and how to contact somebody down there. preferably the executive director...of course on their site it is a generic email. and i have to wait until he gets released next week to unravel. any suggestions?
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I found that their website listed their entire Board of Directors and Administrative staff. It shouldn't take much research to get some phone numbers.

Can you be more specific about the problems? Is your loved one there on federal pre-release, state parole, county sentence, something else? The Prison Society has some contact with halfway houses and we might be able to intervene.
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does anybody have a loved one in the renewal center/halfway house in pittsburgh pa my husband will soon goin there n i would like info on if they r allowed to have cell phones and if they r allowed out n for how long and info would b appreciated.
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You are allowed any smart phone if you are a state guy (iPhone Android Galaxy) county is not aloud to have phones and Federal can have phones without a Camera
Without a job his Passes will be from 10am-3pm or 10am-6pm depending on what the consulor chooses with a job his passes will be from 9am-9pm on the days he doesn't work .....
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Hello all. I just want to say that if you’re considering being placed in the Renewal, it’s probably not a good idea. 704 Second Ave is a 60 day inpatient program and you sent there from either the county jail or the work release program at 339 Blvd of the Allies for any drug or alcohol use infractions. NEITHER place helps. Inpatient place gives you NOTHING. No personal hygiene products, towels, or washcloths. Your people must bring that stuff to you. You can wear street clothes at least. You may also have money....you’re going to need it. Phone cards are $10.00, and you must pay to do laundry. There are vending machines for snacks and pop. You’re going to be hungry. Then, you have 339 Blvd of the Allies, work release program. Yea they want you to get a job so they can take 40% of your check. When you get a job make sure you have someone helping you with bus fare because although they have bus tickets, they don’t give them to you. Since you’re working, you’ll miss meals and they may give you a sandwich and a bottle of water so have money for the vending machine. On paper they look great. Their mission and core values LOOK wonderful but they don’t do anything they say they do. They don’t care about helping you to become a better citizen. They could care less. Well, if you’re county level. State and federal boys can do whatever but you’re all still treated like dirt. I know this because both my ex who was federal and my current husband who is county have been in both centers. I wish everyone luck who may be going through this and that you get your life together.
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Just a couple of notes:
1. State prisoners don't pick the center, the DOC does.
2. Renewal is quite similar to the rest of the contracted centers; our tours have shown us the patterns;
3. All centers withhold money, some of which is placed in a "savings" account and given to the resident when they leave;
4. For state prisoners, the option is to stay in prison.
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