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Reentry Resource Center - New York

Serving People from Arrest to Reintegration

The People's Guide section provides basic information about some of the many consequences of criminal charges, arrest, and incarceration in New York State. It describes the legal barriers that can arise for individuals who have been arrested and their families, and provides some help navigating those barriers.

You can find more information, including many of the publications referenced in the sections in the Reentry Net Library and in "Consequences of Criminal Charges" section of LawHelp/NY (

The information you see here is adapted from The Consequences of Criminal Charges: A People's Guide, published by The Bronx Defenders. It is for informational purposes only and is NOT a substitute for legal advice. It is up to date as of August 2013.

Introduction to the Updated People's Guide  

Path of a Criminal Case in New York  

Immigration & Reentry  

Employment & Reentry  

Housing and Reentry  

Parental Rights  

Public Benefits & Reentry  

Education Loans & Criminal Records  

Getting Property Back After an Arrest  

RAP Sheets  

Voting Rights and Civic Participation  

Police Encounters & Misconduct  

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