Community Service Society Reentry Services & Youth Mentoring – Nearly 58 percent of criminal records contain at least one error. Fixing these errors can help open doors to employment, housing, and stability that had previously been closed. The Next Door Project trains older adult volunteers to help people with conviction histories request, read, and repair their NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services rap sheets and criminal records maintained by consumer credit reporting agencies. Next Door Project counselors also help individuals apply for Certificates of Good Conduct or Certificates of Relief from Disabilities, which provide presumptive evidence of rehabilitation and overcome numerous statutory barriers to employment and licensure.
DCJS County Re-entry Task Force Initiative – These task forces were designed to reduce recidivism by coordinating and strengthening community supports in response to high-risk offenders transitioning from prison back to the community.
New York City Housing Authority – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has urged public housing authorities across the country to adopt programs that enable some formerly incarcerated individuals to gain stability and reunite with family living in public housing. Research shows that this approach to re-entry strengthens families and enhances safety in communities.
Parole Reentry Court – The Harlem Community Justice Center, in cooperation with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Division of Parole, helps parolees returning to the Harlem community make the transition from life in prison to responsible citizenship. The Justice Center links parolees to a wide range of social services, including drug treatment, transitional employment and vocational services, health care and mental health treatment. Where appropriate, these services are also offered to family members as well to help increase stability in the home. To promote increased accountability, participants are required to return to the Justice Center frequently to meet with case managers and parole officers and appear before an administrative law judge, who closely monitors their compliance with court orders. The goal is to prevent parolees from re-offending by helping them find jobs and assume familial and personal responsibility. The Reentry Court has developed a leadership training program that teaches presentation skills to formerly incarcerated persons. Graduates have spoken at events across the tri-state area.
Reentry Programs in New York state prisons: – Each year 27,000 inmates—nearly 40 percent of the prison population—return home from prison. Reentering society is often a difficult transition, especially for individuals with long prison terms as many of their communities have evolved and changed over time. How well inmates are prepared for their reentry has a significant impact on their overall success on the outside and on the quality of life in their communities. For this reason, DOCCS launched reentry programs for male prisoners at Queensboro, Orleans, and Hudson Correctional Facilities. The missions of these programs are to ease individuals’ transition from confinement to freedom by providing them with the tools necessary to succeed in their communities, including assistance in connecting to services such as housing, employment, mental and medical health care, and substance abuse treatment.
Re-Thinking ReEntry – The Harlem Community Justice Center’s two reentry projects, The Upper Manhattan Reentry Task Force, and the Harlem Parole Reentry Court, seek to improve public safety in Upper Manhattan by addressing the stabilization and crimonogenic needs of individuals coming home from prison, and by altering community responses that inhibit the successful reentry of formerly incarcerated individuals. In cooperation with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, the Reentry Task Force and Reentry Court help parolees returning to the Harlem area make the transition from life in prison to responsible citizenship, making Upper Manhattan a safer, and more welcoming, place for all Harlem residents.
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