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Reentry Resource Center - New York

Serving People from Arrest to Reintegration

Reentry Resource Center: New York

Welcome to the New York State-based support network and information clearinghouse on prison, reentry, and the consequences of criminal proceedings. Attorneys, social service providers, policy advocates, individuals with criminal records, family, and community members are encouraged to join for full access to the online resource library, monthly mailings, and calendar updates. Click here for the national site.

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Download our Fully Revised and Expanded Manual on the
Consequences of Criminal Proceedings in New York

Created for defense attorneys, civil legal services attorneys, and reentry advocates the manual details hundreds of consequences in New York State that flow from a criminal arrest or conviction, and strategies for navigating them. Every section has been updated with expanded citations to case law and useful practice tips. Click here to download the manual.


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Resource of the Week

January 26, 2015

Reefer Madness: The Unfair Consequences of Marijuana Arrests in NY State

Arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana are a huge problem across New York State. In New York City, year after year it is the most frequent reason a person is arrested. Statewide, New York’s marijuana arrest rate of 535 arrests per 100,000 people was the highest of any state in 2010 and double the national average. Black New Yorkers bear the brunt of these arrests despite government research that shows that white people use marijuana at higher rates than black people do. Across the state, black New Yorkers are 4.5 times more likely to be arrested for pot than white New Yorkers.
Although arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana are common, their impact can be devastating. The consequences are often surprisingly drastic and completely disproportionate to the offense. Every aspect of a person’s life can be impacted by a marijuana arrest, including eligibility for public housing and student financial aid, job opportunities, child custody and even immigration status. Marijuana arrests are also financially burdensome, often coming with mandatory court fees, fines, costly legal services and court appearances that require time away from work and school or interfere with paying for child care.


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