Reentry Resource Center - New York

Reentry Net/NY
Serving People from Arrest to Reintegration
June 2011 Resource Updates and Highlights

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*Action Alerts*

Save ATI & Reentry Funds: The Legal Action Center and The New York ATI/Reentry Coalition ask you to call your New York City Councilmembers and urge them to restore critical funding to programs. The City's June 30th budget deadline is fast approaching so please call today.

Demand Voting Rights for Parolees: VOCAL-NY is asking organizations to sign-on to a statewide community letter urging Governor Cuomo to restore the right to vote for approximately 41,000 New Yorkers currently on parole. 

Sign the Petition Supporting the SAFE Parole Act: The New York State Parole Reform Campaign ask you to sign the petition supporting the SAFE Parole Act, which is now a bill sponsored in the Assembly and Senate.

*Resource Highlights*

Decision Finds Conviction Insufficient to Support Denial of Application for Security Guard License: Department of State administrative judge grants petitioner's application for registration as a security guard license after reviewing petitioner's sole conviction in Nassau County and finding it insufficient to support denial of the applicant's license. The judge questioned the evidence presented in the complaint and found the derivative misdemeanor conviction as insufficient to warrant a denial.

From “Collateral” to “Integral”: The Seismic Evolution of Padilla v. Kentucky and Its Impact on Penalties Beyond Deportation: This article published in the Howard Law Journal by McGregor Smyth, Reentry Net Director, examines the practical effect of Padilla v. Kentucky for criminal defense attorneys currently working with clients on pending cases. The article uses the legal reasoning of Padilla to outline a structure for approaching the daunting process of identifying and adequately advising clients about the wide range of penalties resulting from criminal justice involvement.

Padilla v. Kentucky: The New York City Criminal Court System One Year Later: This preliminary report by the New York City Bar Association attempts to identify some of the practices, challenges, and questions that have arisen in the wake of Padilla v. Kentucky in the New York City criminal court system. The report presents its finding on the impact and implementation of Padilla, covering defense counsel, District Attorney offices and the criminal courts in New York City. The report also includes some recommendations for ensuring that all of the various entities within the criminal justice system continue to consider the issues highlighted in the report carefully and in a collaborative manner.

A Call to Action: Safeguarding NY’s Children of Incarcerated Parents: This report spearheaded by The Osborne Association's New York Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents provides a blueprint for criminal justice and children's services agencies and officials to work cooperatively to protect children whose parents are in the criminal justice system. The report provides a comprehensive and unprecedented examination of what happens to these children and what government agencies and others can do to concretely to improve their lives. The report offers a series of recommendations to reform both the criminal justice and children's service systems to be more sensitive and responsive to the needs of this group of vulnerable children.

Employing Your Mission: Building Cultural Competence in Reentry Service Agencies Through the Hiring of Individuals who are Formerly Incarcerated and/or in Recovery: The Fortune Society in partnership with the Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice has released this toolkit outlining how organizations can successfully employ men and women with criminal histories. The report uses The Fortune Society in particular as a case study to build "cultural competence" within reentry services by hiring formerly incarcerated men and women to reflect the experiences and realities of the reentry population and provide services more effectively.

In Our Backyard – Overcoming Community Resistance to Reentry Housing: A second toolkit released by The Fortune Society and Prisoner Reentry Institute documents how an organization can address a myriad of community concerns and ultimately garner support for its project. By offering tangible steps and lessons learned by Fortune, this toolkit provides guidance and encouragement to those organizations working to assist formerly incarcerated people and create safer communities.

Visit Reentry Net/NY Issue Modules: Visit Reentry Net's Padilla v. Kentucky Compliance Guide module to access useful resources on immigration consequences.  Along with our modules on Employment & Licensing, Housing and Discharge Planning, these serve as a starting point for accessing the resources available on Reentry Net, and direct users the most useful and frequently accessed resources from the Library. 

Remember to visit our Monthly Mailing Archive for highlighted reports, toolkits, and training materials from the past year.

*Upcoming Events*

Prisoners Are People Too! Community Education Meeting: Join Prisoners are People Too to celebrate its sixth year of programming. The meeting will include an overview of the past year’s activities, an update and report from those who attended Legislative Awareness Day on May 3, a “rough cut” DVD by Rev. Eugene Pierce, highlighting the mission of the Erie County Prisoners Rights Coalition. The event will be held on Monday, June 27 at 6:30 PM. For more information, contact Karima Amin at or 716-834-8438.

Police Reform Organizing Project Campaign Kickoff Meeting: The Police Reform Organizing Project(PROP) at the Urban Justice Center is holding its campaign kickoff meeting on Tuesday, June 28 at 6PM. For more information or to RSVP, contact Patrick Krasney at

The Bronx Defenders 2011 Community Block Party: The Bronx Defenders Community Block Party is a fun, safe venue for children and community members to enjoy free food, music and entertainment, play games, participate in arts and crafts, register to vote, compete in a basketball competition, and connect with local community groups and important social service organizations. The event will be held on Wednesday, June 29 from 12-5PM. For more information, contact Dawit at or 718.838.7878.

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*Employment Opportunities*

Staff Attorney; Immigrant Defense Project, New York City and National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Boston

Director of Programs; Career Development Specialist; Policy Associate at College and Community Fellowship


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