Reentry Resource Center - New York

Reentry Net/NY
Serving People from Arrest to Reintegration
September 2009 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 2,000 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*

Laws Governing Public Criminal Records - Materials from training by Community Legal Services: This training presentation covers background, accuracy, disposition reporting, and dissemination of criminal records as governed by Federal Law. Click here to view the presentation. The training also includes a paper discussing the increase and availability of criminal records for non-law enforcement purposes and its impact on the formerly incarcerated in areas like employment, public benefits, public housing and immigration.  Click here to read the paper. For more resources, please see the Accuracy and Dissemination of Criminal Records. folder in Reentry Net's Library.

Request for a Hearing on the Discriminatory Effects of Felony Disenfranchisement Laws, Policies and Practices in the Americas: The Sentencing Project, in conjunction with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the American Civil Liberties Union, has submitted a petition for a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights concerning the discriminatory effects of felony disenfranchisement policies in the Americas. The report examines the practice of felony disenfranchisement in the United States and the nations of the Americas and analyzes the impact on these polices on racial and ethnic minorities. Click here to read the petition.

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


*Mayor Mike Bloomberg appoints Dr. Dora B. Schriro as Commissioner of New York City's  Department of Correction*

On September 9th, 2009, Mayor Bloomberg appointed Dr. Schriro who has served as the director of  Department of Corrections in Arizona and Missouri and more recently as Director of the Office of Detention Policy and Planning for the Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Schriro succeeds Martin F. Horn, who resigned the post in July. Click here to read the press release.


*Upcoming Events & Opportunities*

Drop the Rock Coalition Meeting: Join the Drop the Rock Coalition to discuss the implementation of Rockefeller Drug Law reform, and discuss the next steps of our campaign. The meeting will be held on September 17th at 6PM. For more information, contact Caitlin Dunklee at 212-254-5700 x 339 or

2009 New York Crimes and Immigration Seminar: This training Presented by the NYSDA Immigrant Defense Project, National Immigration Project, Law Offices of Norton Tooby and the NYU School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic focuses on key criminal issues from leading experts in crimes and immigration. The presentation includes state-of-the-art analysis, interactive learning techniques and generous question and answer periods. The training will be held on September 26 from 9AM-5PM. Registration is required.

Coalition For Women Prisoners Monthly Meeting:  Join the Women in Prison Project's  Coalition for Women Prisoners to discuss ways to support women in prison or returning home from incarceration. The meeting will be held on September 29 at 5PM. New members meeting begins at 4 pm. For more information contact Stacey Thompson at  212-254 5700 x333 or

Understanding & Navigating the Criminal Justice System: The Center for Alternative Sentencing & Employment Services (CASES) and the Legal Aid Society is pleased to announce the 101 introduction to the NYC Criminal Justice System. With funding from the NYC Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator and the New York Community Trust, this training is offered to de-mystify this complex system and help providers learn where they can most effectively advocate for their consumers. This is a free, ONE DAY training intended for case managers, ACT, day treatment, clinic, shelter and supportive housing staff working with the mentally ill population. The training follows the process from arrest through conviction showing the various places where there is room for interventions. The training will be held on October 2.  To register, please click here. For more information, contact Meredith Canada at or (212)553-6342.

Second Annual Sentencing Advocacy, Practice and Reform Institute - Focus on Reentry: The American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, in cooperation with co-sponsors, is proud to present a one-day seminar to address a broad array of sentencing and reentry issues, with a particular emphasis on sentencing practice in white-collar cases. The conference will examine sentencing and reentry trends and opportunities for reform at both the federal and state levels. The event will be held on November 6th in Washington DC. Click here for the complete brochure and agenda.

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