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Tyrone Werts

Soros Justice Fellow, 2013

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Civic & Social Organization
  1. The End Crime Project,
  2. Connections Training Services,
  3. Inside Out Prison Exchange Program Housed at Temple University
  1. Lifers, Incorporated
  1. Villanova University
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The End Crime Project

The End Crime Project

Chief Executive Officer

– Present

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In 1975 Tyrone Werts was convicted as an accomplice to a second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

At the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution at Graterford, a maximum security prison housing approximately 3,500 men, Werts spent the next 36 years of his life committed to improving himself and helping those around him discover their potential.

During his incarceration, Werts earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova University. He was heavily involved in developing the Temple University’s nationally renowned Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program and a founding member of its affiliated Think Tank group. Inspired by his extensive work in a leadership role with the prison’s Lifer’s organization, he established The Lifers’ Public Safety Initiative, a crime prevention program that has received national and international attention and is based on the “Culture of Street Crime” theory he developed with other incarcerated men to propose solutions to violent crime in prisons and communities.

He testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the need for parole eligibility for lifers, and before the Commission on Crime and Delinquency in Pittsburgh, PA, on prison overcrowding.

On December 30, 2010, after serving 36 years at SCI-Graterford, Werts’ life sentence was commuted by former Governor Ed Rendell, a testament to this former lifer’s immense personal growth in the face of adversity and his longstanding dedication to justice reform and developing solutions to criminal justice concerns in the US. ,

Werts is presently Co-Founder and CEO of The End Crime Project, a Consultant at the Philadelphia Public Defenders Association and serves as a Public Relations Consultant to the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at Temple University. He is Founder and Director of The Lifers Public Safety Initiative (PSI), he serves on the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males and is a Soros Justice Fellow, 2013..


Chief Executive Officer

The End Crime Project
– Present (1 year 7 months)Greater Philadelphia Area

The End Crime Project is a coalition of Prisons and Communities working in concert to eliminate the number of incidence of all crime in the neighborhoods of Philadelphia...Using the skills, knowledge and expertise of former members of the Street Crime Culture (people with criminal records)...It is a movement to empower local residents, political leaders, college and university professors, ex-offenders and current prisoners in a joint effort to work collaboratively. Additionally, we seek to develop an economic strategy that will not only provide jobs for ex-offenders, but also educate and empower people to end crime in their communities!

Regional Recruiter

Connections Training Services
– Present (11 months)2233 West Allegheny Avenue

The Adult Mentoring Program objectives are to enroll, train and match 80 mentors with 200 mentees who are between the ages of 18 and 26, who are within 90 days of release from incarceration or who have come home within the last 90 days to reduce recidivism and transform the lives of both the mentor and mentee. If you or anyone you know would like to become a mentor please contact me.

Public Relations

Inside Out Prison Exchange Program Housed at Temple University
– Present (3 years 8 months)1810 Liacorias Walk

Work to make the public aware of the exciting job this organization does to transform the way education is taught.
Bring new insights to college students, along with men and women incarcerated in prisons across the country.
To cultivate relaionships with community members and those interested in civic engagement activities.


Philadelphia Defenders Association
– Present (3 years 8 months)

Work with offenders to expand options

Chairman & Co-Founder

Public Safety Initiative (PSI)
– Present (11 years 9 months)2646 Ridge Avenue

Work to provide new ways of looking at crime overall, but street crime specifically, and areas in which new ways of thinking can solve the problems created by the culture of street crime and violence.


Lifers, Incorporated
(20 years 1 month)

Served as president of a 800 member organization at the State Correctional Institution at Graterford, PA to bring about policy changes in the criminal justice system through public education and engaging policy makers.


Ending the Culture of Crime(Link)

Prison Journal
April 2005

This article explores the problem of crime and violence, offering a new way to look at what motivates certain individuals who habitually engage in criminal activity. Explaining the concept of the existence of a pervasive culture of crime is the primary focus of this article. It also seeks to provide a multidirectional strategy for ending that culture, which includes the utilization of former members of the culture as part of the solution.



Live & Let Live Campaign(Link)

– Present

“Live and Let Live: Promoting Peace Through the Eradication of the Culture of Violence,” the year-long effort kicks off in March and will feature billboards, lawn signs, posters, handouts and more.

Team members:


Mayor's Commission on African American Males

– Present


  • Workshop Leader
  • Instructor Trainer
  • Team Leadership
  • Public Speaking
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • Program Evaluation
  • Community Outreach
  • Team Building
  • Program Management
  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Data Analysis
  • Community Development
  • Staff Development
  • Training
  • Policy
  • Social Media
  • Project Planning
  • Qualitative Research
  • PowerPoint
  • Project Management
  • Event Management
  • Time Management
  • Grants
  • Curriculum Design
  • Budgets
  • Youth Development
  • Recruiting
  • Microsoft Word
  • Healthcare
  • Government
  • Capacity Building
  • Community Engagement
  • Criminal Justice
  • Social Networking
  • Editing
  • Analysis
  • Brainstorm Facilitation
  • Community Organizing
  • Consulting
  • Economic Development
  • Engaging Speaker
  • Grassroots Organizing
  • Group Dynamics
  • Group Work
  • International Relations
  • Management Consulting
  • Marketing
  • Media Relations
  • Non-profit...
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Villanova University

Bachelor of Arts

Activities and Societies: Participate in the Alumni Association

Montgomery County Community College

Associate of Science degree, Business Administration

Honors & Awards

Certificate of Recognition, Inside-Out Program at Temple University
Mertitorious Service Award, Pennsylvania Prison Society
The Lucien E. Blackwell Guilding Light in the Community Award, City of Philadelphia
Activist Award, Justice Studies Association

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