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New York's 2006 Prisoner Reentry Initiative

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $815,538)

The Prisoner Reentry Initiative (PRI) is designed to provide funding to state units of government to develop and implement institutional and community corrections-based offender reentry programs. The PRI strengthens urban communities characterized by large numbers of returning, nonviolent prisoners. PRI is designed to reduce recidivism by helping returning inmates find work and assess other critical services in their communities. The PRI supports strategies to deliver pre-release assessments and services, and to develop transition plans in collaboration with other justice and community-based agencies and providers for supervised and non-supervised, nonviolent offenders.

The New York Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) will use $815,538 in funding to provide pre-release assessments and training and post-release supervision to offenders returning to communities in the Bronx and Brooklyn. The DCJS Reentry Initiative will coordinate with the community-based employment service organizations funded through the U.S. Department of Labor. Approximately 200 offenders released from the State prison in Queensboro and returning to the Brooklyn Borough communities of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and East New York will be provided enhanced transition services and post-release oversight. An additional 200 young offenders under the age of 25 that are to be released from the City's Rikers Island jail and returning to the South Bronx will receive enhanced transition services and post-release oversight.


Date Created: August 31, 2006