Reentry Resource Center - New York

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Serving People from Arrest to Reintegration
June 2008 Resource Updates and Highlights

You are receiving this newsletter because you are a member of the New York State Reentry Resource Center, a network of more than 1,000 advocates and direct service providers from all around the state. Each month, we bring you resource highlights, news, and policy updates from the online resource center.

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*New Policy Allows Surveillance and Recording of Telephone Calls from NYC Jails*

A new NYC Department of Correction Policy, effective June 16, 2008, will allow surveillance and recording of inmate telephone calls without need for a warrant.   Calls to the following bodies are excepted from recording: The NYC Board of Correction, Inspector General, other monitoring and investigative bodies; treating physicians and clinicians; attorneys; and clergy. If you are an inmate's attorney, physician/clinician or clergyperson, you can request that calls from individuals in DOC custody to the number(s) you designate will not be recorded. Click here for instructions from the DOC webpage.  This policy change is one of the amendments to the minimum standards for New York City correctional facilities adopted by the New York City Board of Correction in November 2007.  Click here to read the published notice of the new rules; visit for more information.

*Call Today! Support the Merit Time Bill for Incarcerated Survivors*

Drafted by the Coalition for Women Prisoners, The Merit Time Bill for Incarcerated Survivors  (A.6150-A/S.3164-A) grants merit time eligibility to domestic violence survivors who can prove that the abuse they suffered played a substantial role in causing them to commit the offense for which they were convicted.  The bill would allow survivors to earn time off their sentences and more quickly begin the important journey of returning to their communities and children, rebuilding their lives, and recovering from abuse. 

The legislative session ends on Monday, June 23.  There are just a few days to convince 4 key Republican Senators to push this bill to the floor for a vote.  Please Call Today!

Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno - (518) 455-3191
Senator Serphin Maltese (from Queens ) (518) 455-3281
Senator Frank Padavan (from Queens ) (518) 455-3381
Senator Joseph Robach (from Monroe ) (518) 455-2909.

You can call between 9am-5pm and let these Senators know that you are a New York State voter who is concerned about the effects of domestic violence and that you support the Merit Time Bill.

*Resource Highlights*

Back to School- A Guide to Continuing Your Education After Prison:  This guide authored by the Prison Reentry Institute walks you through the process of setting educational goals and getting organized; enrolling in the education program that best suits your needs; and receiving assistance to pay for college. It also offers practical advice for each step of the process to help individuals get started and contains contacts to people and agencies that can provide you with more information and support. Click here to read the guide.

From Options to Action: A Roadmap for City Leaders to Connect Formerly Incarcerated Individuals to Work: New report released by Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) provides an overview of the Mayors Summit on Reentry, which was held in February of this year and was co-sponsored by P/PV, the United States Conference of Mayors, The City of New York, and NYU Wagner. The publication aims to be a resource for cities and provides guidance in planning their reentry efforts. Click here to read the report from.

Life After Lockup- Improving Reentry from Jail to the Community: A joint project of the Urban Institute, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the Montgomery County (Maryland) Department of Correction and Rehabilitation. This report  provides an overview of U.S. jails and the people who cycle through them, examines a variety of ways that jurisdictions can address reentry from jail, profiles 42 jail transition efforts around the country, representing a diversity of approaches in a variety of settings and explores the role of probation in reentry from jail. Click here to read the report.

Remember to visit Past Resources of the Week for highlighted reports, toolkits, and training materials from the past year.

*Upcoming Events & Opportunities*

Justice: Before and After the Bars: The Delta Sigma Theta New York Alumnae Chapter and Assemblyman Keith Wright , will host panelists from The College Initiative, The Isaiah Project, 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement,  Greenhope Services for Women on the issue of incarceration and the reentry process. The event is schedule for Thursday, June 19 at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Harlem State Office Building  and is free and open to the public.

Reel Reentry Film Series Launch Screening: The Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice is pleased to announce the launch of our new Reel Reentry film series that will build off the success we have had with our monthly Occasional Series on Reentry Research. Reel Reentry will provide opportunities for members of the field to gather and discuss important documentaries and feature films that address reentry issues. Our launch event will take place on Tuesday, June 24 from 5:00- 7:30 PM with a screening of Sherrybaby.

The Bronx Defenders Community Block Party:  DonÂ’t forget to save July 2nd for Bronx DefendersÂ’ Annual Community Block Party. The community is coming together for music, games, a basketball tournament, advocacy and service organizations, and performances. It promises to be a great event, so make sure to clear your schedule and join us for the dunk tank, burgers and coquitos and prizes. For more information or if your organization want to table, please contact Dawit Getachew or Louise Pocock at 718-838-7878 ASAP. Please feel free to download and distribute attached flyer!

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