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Harlem Parole Reentry Court

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
New York
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $399,037)

The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) reflects a comprehensive response to the increasing number of people who are released from prison and jail and returning to communities. There are currently 2.3 million people serving time in our federal and state prisons, and millions of people cycling through local jails every year. Ninety-five percent of all prisoners incarcerated today will eventually be released and will return to communities. The Second Chance Act will help ensure the transition people make from prison or jail to the community is safe and successful. Section 101 of the Act, in addition to providing grants to state and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes that may be used for demonstration reentry projects, also allows for the establishment of a National Adult and Juvenile Offender Reentry Resource Center.

The Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry Initiative provides funding to state and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes for demonstration projects to promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of individuals who have been incarcerated. Funded demonstration projects will use validated and dynamic assessment tools to determine the risks and needs of offenders.
Projects will provide offenders in prisons or jails with all necessary services to facilitate reentry into the community. In addition, the projects will develop procedures to ensure that dangerous felons are not released from prison prematurely and provide services that address treatment needs and protect communities against dangerous offenders Allowable uses of funds to enhance a successful transition include: pre-release assessment and case planning, mentoring, housing, education, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, services to enhance family reunification, job training and readiness, and post-release case management and supervision.

The New York City Mayor's Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator will use Second Chance Prisoner Reentry Initiative fund to support and expand the Harlem Parole Reentry Court operations. In collaboration with the staff from the New York State Department of Correctional Services and Division of Parole, the Parole Reentry Court will conduct comprehensive pre-release assessments of potential participants at the Queensboro and the Bayview Correctional Facility. The program will serve a minimum of 200 both male and female adult parolees, aged 18 or older, released to the neighborhoods of East and Central Harlem. The assessment will be done prior to release from the facility to determine eligibility for the program and to identify basic service needs. The program case managers will administer the Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (COMPAS) Reentry Assessment Tool within the first week of release to assist in case planning and to identify the need for enhanced services. Under the funds, the Court will include the following programmatic components: (1) Judicial monitoring; (2) case management; (3) substance abuse and mental health treatment; (4) job readiness and employment assistance; (5) cognitive behavioral therapy; (6) family support; (7) housing; and (8) victim services.


Date Created: August 25, 2009