Reentry Resource Center - New York

Reentry Net/NY
Serving People from Arrest to Reintegration
October 2011 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 3,000 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.

*News and Alerts*

Call on Congress to Restore Second Chance Act Funding - The Legal Action Center is calling for people to contact their members in the Senate and House of Representatives and tell them it is urgent that they include $70 million to $100 million in funding for the Second Chance Act for FY2012. Click here to send a prepared letter of support or contact Mark O’Brien for more information.

*Resource Highlights*

Appellate Division, Third Department Rules Unsealing Criminal Record Solely for Prosecutorial Purposes as Impermissible - The Appellate Division, Third Department held that a prosecutor could not properly unseal a prior criminal case for use in pending prosecution. The Court notes that the exception(among the six narrowly defined by law) used by law enforcement to unseal records is restricted to investigatory purposes to uncover criminal conduct prior to commencement of criminal proceedings. Since there was no indication that the records were intended for criminal investigation, the Court found that the petitioner's application impermissibly invoked CPL 160.50 (1) (d)(ii) for prosecutorial purposes. 

National Immigration Legal Services Directory - A new online resource developed by the Immigration Advocates Network and Pro Bono Net provides searchable listings for more than 900 free or low-cost immigration legal services providers in all 50 states. The National Immigration Legal Services Directory allows users to search by geographic region, types of legal assistance provided, population served, and languages spoken.

2011 Connections and the Job Search - The Connections guide published by the New York Public Library has been updated. The guide provides formerly incarcerated people to referrals to resources in New York City. The Job Search is a guide for formerly incarcerated people to the various steps involved in hunting for work. It discusses job interviewing and resume writing, preparation in prison, avoiding job discrimination as a formerly incarcerated individual, and telling the truth about your conviction(s) on a job application.

Visit Reentry Net/NY Issue Modules: Padilla Compliance Guide | People's GuideEmployment & Licensing Housing | Discharge Planning - These modules 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*

Online Training: Improving Employment Retention of People with Criminal Records - During this national discussion sponsored and broadcast by the National Institute of Corrections, participants will explore evidence-based practices that increase public safety while helping to reduce recidivism. The webinar will be held on November 2 from 12-3PM. Click here to register.

Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP) Coalition Meeting - PROP is an advocacy project that aims to stop the current wasteful, ineffective, unjust, illegal, bullying, homophobic, and racially biased practices of the NYPD. Join PROP for a coalition meeting on Wednesday, November 3rd at 6 PM at the Urban Justice Center. For more information, contact

Drop the Rock Coalition Meeting - Join Drop the Rock as we explore a new direction with an emphasis on parole and the aging prison population; make a new investment in prison advocacy work; finding a path for right action in a changing world; and working always toward the humane treatment for our fellow travelers incarcerated in the New York prisons. The coalition meeting will be held on Thursday, November 4th at 6PM. For more information, contact Drop the Rock by emailing or calling 212-254-5700.

A Forum on Reentry: Where Are We and Where Should We Be? - The forum sponsored by National Action Network's NYC Second Chance Committee will feature several advocates in the reentry community for a discussion on the state of reentry in New York City. The forum will be held on Wednesday, Novemeber 9th from 6 - 8PM at the National Action Network headquarters. For more information, call 212-690-3070.

Recidivism: What Does Prison Have to Do With It? - The Prisoner Reentry Institute's upcoming occasional series will feature Dr. Daniel Nagin, the Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics at Carnegie-Mellon University, who will present his research on The Effect of Incarceration on Re-Offending: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Pennsylvania. The study uses a large, recent sample of U.S. offenders to estimate the effect of incarceration on post-release criminality, and accesses inter-judge variation in the use of incarceration.The event will be on Thursday, November 10 from 5-7PM at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. For more information, email

New York Reentry Rountable - The upcoming Reentry Roundtable hosted by the Community Service Society is titled "Policing the Police: The need for Sweeping Reform Now?" The discussion will feature, Robert Gangi, director of Police Reform Organizing Project and will be held on November 16, 2011 from 1-3PM. For more information, please contact Gabriel Torres-Rivera at 212.614.5306 or

Model State Legislation to Reduce Employment Barriers for People with Criminal Records - In this webinar, advocates will learn about the latest developments in state legislation relating to criminal records and employment. The webinar will also cover problematic state legislation from the past year that state advocates and policy makers should expect to reemerge and be prepared to challenge in their 2012 state legislative sessions. The webinar is sponsored by The Sentencing Project, the National Employment Law Center and the National H.I.R.E. Network and will be held online on November 22, 2011 from 2-3PM.

Visit the Reentry Net/NY Calendar to view more events. Click here to subscribe to our Calendar's RSS feed.

Remember to visit Reentry Net for full calendar listings and  new job opportunities!

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