Reentry Resource Center - New York

Reentry Net/NY
Serving People from Arrest to Reintegration
November 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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*Resource Highlights*

Bringing Health Care Advocacy to a Public Defender's Office: Article from the American Journal of Public Health discusses the challenges and success of a residency training program from Monterfiore Medical Center's collaboration with the Bronx Defenders  to facilitate medical screenings and referrals for recent arrestees in Bronx County, New York. Click here to read the article.

Release Planning for Successful Reentry: A Guide for Corrections, Service Providers, and Community Groups: Report by the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center designed to help the corrections community, service providers and community groups prepare prisoners for the moment of release from prison and the time immediately following release. It describes the eight most basic and immediate needs returning prisoners have when they exit prison, recommends minimum policies practitioners can institute to meet these needs, and highlights the opportunities and challenges practitioners face when trying to improve their release planning policies. The report also uses the results of an Urban Institute survey of 43 departments of corrections to illustrate what release planning procedures are currently being implemented across the country. Click here to read the report

Statistics on Incarcerated Mothers and Children: Women's Prison Association's summary of the most recent numbers on incarcerated mothers and their children from the Bureau of Justice Statistics' report, Parents in Prison and their Minor Children. Click here to see the summary. Click here to read the full report from the Department of Justice.

Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit Filed Challenging the Social Security Administration's Fleeing Felons Regulation: A class-action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco challenging a Social Security Administration's (SSA) policy, which applies a 1996 law prohibiting payment of benefits to people who are “fleeing to avoid prosecution” for a felony. The lawsuit argues that the SSA, in its arbitrary application of the law, makes no attempt to determine if the individual is actually fleeing or even knows that criminal charges are pending and is unlawfully preventing the benefits people count on for survival in old age or incapacity. Click here to view the plaintiffs' complaint. Click here for the press release.

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


*Upcoming Events & Opportunities*

The Prisoner Reentry Institute's Reel Reentry Film Series: Reel Reentry is an opportunity for members of the field to watch and respond to documentaries and feature films addressing reentry issues. The upcoming Reel Reentry will feature the documentary, A Hard Straight, directed by Goro Toshima.The film provides a glimpse into the reentry experiences of three formerly incarcerated individuals as they strive to mend familial bonds, fulfill probation requirements, find gainful employment and position themselves to reenter successfully. The screening will be shown at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on November 18 at 5PM. Please RSVP to Amelia Thompson at 212-484-1399 or

Strengthening New York City's Labor Force: Enforcing Anti-Discrimination Protections for Qualified Persons with Criminal Records: On December 5, the National HIRE Network and Workforce Professionals Training institute are offering a free training for re-entry, legal, and workforce development staff working with job seekers who have criminal records. The 4 hour intensive project will cover topics such as Federal, State, and City Laws regulating employment/licensing of individuals with criminal records; Employment and licensing legal barriers individuals with criminal records face; Determining when employment and licensing decisions are challengeable; Formal and informal challenges to criminal record discrimination; and litigation and policy advocacy as tools to combat criminal record-based employment discrimination. Space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Roberta Meyers-Peeples at

New York Reentry Roundtable-Holiday Gathering: The Community Service Society is hosting the monthly roundtable series on the issues affecting the formerly incarcerated as they reenter the community on December 10 at 1PM. Please RSVP to Gabriel Torres-Rivera to Gabriel Torres-Rivera at or via telephone at 212.614.5306

National Study of Collateral Consequences for Criminal Convictions: The National Institute of Justice is soliciting proposals for a national study that will provide a comprehensive compilation of Federal and State collateral consequences for criminal convictions. The purpose of this research is to inform and improve criminal justice policy and practice by providing policymakers with the information they need to understand the legal and regulatory barriers that may affect successful offender reentry into the community. The application deadline is February 4, 2009.

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