Reentry Resource Center - New York

Reentry Net/NY
Serving People from Arrest to Reintegration
September 2014 Resource Updates and Highlights

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*Resource Highlights*

The Consequences of Criminal Proceedings in New York State An expansive update detailing the hundreds of consequences that flow from a criminal arrest or conviction. The guide is aimed at criminal defense attorneys, civil legal services attorneys, and other reentry advocates. Every section has been updated with expanded citations to case law and useful practice tips. The revised manual includes comprehensive comprehensive sections on abuse and neglect proceedings in family court, civil forfeiture, commercial motor vehicle licenses, firearm licenses, and military service.

New Resources on New York City Public Housing & Section 8 Admissions See our updated Fact Sheet on the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and Conviction Histories, relevant sections of the NYCHA Applications Manual updated in October 2013, and links to information about the NYCHA Family Re-Entry Pilot Program.

The High Cost Of Low Risk: The Crisis Of America?s Aging Prison Population - The Osborne Association and the Florence V. Burden Foundation have released The High Cost of Low Risk: The Crisis of America?s Aging Prison Population, a paper that outlines issues affecting elders in prison. The report also highlights current efforts to improve conditions and outcomes, and provides recommendations for addressing the most pressing human and economic cost of our prison system.

Race and Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Policies -Race and Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Policies, authored by Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Ph.D., synthesizes two decades of research revealing that white Americans? strong association of crime with blacks and Latinos is related to their support for punitive policies that disproportionately impact people of color.

Taking Attendance: New Data Finds Majority of Children Appear in Immigration Court  As the number of unaccompanied children arriving at the United States border has increased, some lawmakers have argued that children frequently fail to appear for proceedings and thus proposed mandatory detention as a solution. Some say as many as 90 percent fail to attend their immigration court hearings. Yet government data recently published by Syracuse University?s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) indicates the opposite. Not only do a majority of children attend their immigration proceedings, according to TRAC, but 90 percent or more attend when represented by lawyers.

The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences - The National Research Council (NRC) appointed a committee of experts in criminal justice, the social sciences, and history to examine how after decades of stability, the United States saw its incarceration rate more than quadruple in the past 40 years. The committee released its findings and recommendations in the report The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences.

The Price to Call Home: State-Sanctioned Monopolization in The Prison Phone Industry - Exorbitant calling rates make the prison telephone industry one of the most lucrative businesses in the United States today. This industry is so profitable because prison phone companies have state-sanctioned monopolistic control over the state prison markets, and the government agency with authority to rein in these rates across the nation has been reluctant to offer meaningful relief.


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*

9/17: New York Reentry Roundtable - Hosted by The Community Service Society, this month's Reentry Roundtable will focus on the Fair Chance Act, also known as Ban the Box.  Councilman Jumaane Williams will be the guest speaker.

9/20:Unshackled: Women Speak Out on Mass Incarceration and Reproductive JusticeAn afternoon of conversation and spoken word from formerly incarcerated women impacted by the intersection of mass incarceration and reproductive health.

Saturday, September 20th at 2pm at the Brooklyn Museum

This event is a collaboration between the Correctional Association of NY?s Women in Prison Project, the Brooklyn Museum?s Elizabeth A.  Sackler Center for Feminist Art and Toshi Reagon?s Word, Rock and Sword:  An Exploration of Women?s Lives.

You can register here: or by contacting Jacqueline Velez at or 212-254-5700 x326.

Please note that the $12 donation is only suggested. Attendees can contribute any amount that works for them.

9/23: Children of the Prison BoomThe 2014-15 PRI Occasional Series on Reentry Research will highlight issues raised by the groundbreaking report recently released by the National Academy of Sciences, The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Causes and Consequences. Please join us on September 23rd for the first installment in this series, which will feature Sara Wakefield, co-author of Children of the Prison Boom: Mass Incarceration and the Future of American Inequality, and other speakers with expertise on issues concerning the children of incarcerated parents.

Co-sponsored by the Osborne Association New York Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents, the event will be held in room 9.64 of John Jay College?s New Building, with bagels & coffee available at 8:30am and the speakers beginning promptly at 9am. In addition to remarks by each featured speaker, the day will include a moderated panel discussion and audience Q & A.

10/1: Making Medicaid?s Spenddown Program Work for Your Clients -  If you have difficulty helping your clients access Medicaid's spenddown program (also known as the Excess Income Program), this workshop is for you! All aspects of the spenddown program will be reviewed, including who is eligible for the spenddown program, how to calculate the spenddown amount, the differences between the medical bills system and the pay-in program, how to get hospital services through the program, and more.

Note: Knowledge of the eligibility criteria for the Medicaid program is required for this training
Cost of workshop is $50.00 Online registration required at:



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