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Soc Services - Prisoner Re-Entry Services

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Prisoner Re-entry - Social Services 

 

General Re-entry Information and Resources

 

Directories of Community Resources

 

City of Newark 

 

Newark Public Schools Community Resource Directory 

https://www.nps.k12.nj.us/community-resources/directory/search/

765 Broad Street

Newark, NJ 07102

973-733-7333

Services are available online only at this time. 

A searchable and filterable list of the most frequently-used community organizations in Newark and vicinity available to parents and students of Newark public schools to support and promote academic achievement for our students. 

 

Statewide (New Jersey)

 

NJ 2-1-1 

https://www.nj211.org/

877-746-5211

Access a comprehensive, statewide directory of social service agencies, nonprofits, and faith-based community organizations by phone, website search, via live chat, or by dialing 2-1-1 from any phone. You can also text your zip code to 898-211. This service is free, 24/7 and multilingual. 

 

New Jersey State Library 

Ex-Offender and Re-entry Resources 

https://libguides.njstatelib.org/get_help/ex_offenders

PO Box 520 

Trenton, NJ 08625

609-278-2640

Services are available online at this time. 

Tools For Tough Economic Times and Finding Social Services with ex-offender and re-entry resources. 

 

National (United States) 

 

National Reentry Resource Center 

https://csgjusticecenter.org/nrrc

22 Cortlandt Street, Floor 22

New York, NY 10007

877-332-1719

The NRRC is the nation's primary source of information and guidance in reentry. 

 

Forms and Identification

 

City of Newark 

 

City of Newark Certificates 

https://www.newarknj.gov/departments/certificates

920 Broad Street

Newark, NJ 07102

973-733-6510

Services are available on Thursday's by appointment only or online at this time. 

Information on how to obtain a copy of an official document such as birth, death, marriage, civil union, or domestic partnership certificates. 

 

Newark Municipal ID Program 

https://www.newarknj.gov/card/municipalid

394 University Avenue 

Newark, NJ 07102

973-878-1553

Currently available Monday - Friday from 9:30am - 1:00pm by appointment only. 

A new photo identification card program for all Newark residents is a pathway for all residents to gain access to various services, programs and discounts offered by the City agencies as well as by local businesses. 

 

County of Essex 

 

The Essex County Smart Book:  A Resource Guide for Going Home

http://www.nj.gov/corrections/pdf/OTS/SmartBooks/EssexCountySmartBook.pdf

Pre- and post-release guide for inmates with practical instructions on everything from obtaining forms and other documents, basic needs, education, finding a job, reconnecting with family, and expunging your record.

 

Organizations Serving Ex-Offenders

 

City of Newark

 

Integrity House Newark - Halfway House 

https://integrityhouse.org/programs-services/

1091-1093 Broad Street

Newark, NJ 07114

973-848-3751

Integrity House is still currently accepting new admissions. 

Holistic approach to addictions treatment, and reintegration services including a full continuum of care integrated with mental health services, healthcare services, and education and employment readiness services. 

 

New Jersey Reentry Corporation at Greater Newark Conservancy

https://www.njreentry.org/

400 Hawthorne Avenue

Newark, NJ 07112

973-642-4646

As of March 17th all Newark Reentry program participants should report to NAN Newark Tech. 

The New Jersey Reentry Corporation is a non-profit agency with a social mission to remove all barriers to employment for citizens returning from jail or prison. 

 

Urban Renewal Corp

http://www.urbanrenewal.org/services-2/community-programs-doc/

53 Hackensack Avenue

Kearny, NJ 07032

973-483-2882

Holistic one-stop Residential Community Work Release Program delivers a full range of essential services, grounded in evidence based practice, designed to interrupt an offender's pattern of criminality. 

 

Statewide (New Jersey)

 

New Jersey Association on Correction: Jennie's Place 

http://www.njaconline.org/15.html

973-881-1450

Provides permanent housing for women who have exited the criminal justice system, are homeless, and have a disability. Women in this program receive case management or supportive services while in the program. 

 

Reentry Coalition of New Jersey 

https://reentrycoalitionofnj.org/

986 South Broad Street

Trenton, NJ 08611

609-706-2684

The mission of the Reentry Coalition of New Jersey is to promote evidence-based principles that reduce offender risk through collaboration with community and justice partners, advocacy, education and public policy development. 

 

National (United States) 

 

The Fortune Society 

https://fortunesociety.org/

29-76 Northern Blvd. 

Long Island City, NY 11101

212-691-7554

Holistic range of services for formerly incarcerated individuals to help them transform and rebuild their lives after incarceration. 

 

Women's Prison Association 

http://www.wpaonline.org/

110 Second Avenue 

New York, NY 10003

646-292-7740

WPA works with women at all stages of the criminal justice involvement to promote alternatives to incarceration and help women living in the community to avoid arrest or incarceration by making positive changes in their lives. 

 

Parole

 

Statewide (New Jersey)

 

New Jersey Courts - Local Courthouses 

https://www.njcourts.gov/public/courthouses.html?lang=eng

PO Box 037 

Trenton, NJ 08625

609-815-2900

Contact information including address and phone numbers of all the county courts located in New Jersey. 

 

New Jersey State Parole Board 

https://www.state.nj.us/parole/index.html

PO Box 862

Trenton, NJ 08625

609-292-4257

The New Jersey State Parole Board (SPB) works to ensure ex-prisoners return to society as law-abiding citizens. 

 

Re-Entry Resource Guides

 

County of Essex 

 

The Essex County Smart Book:  A Resource Guide for Going Home

http://www.nj.gov/corrections/pdf/OTS/SmartBooks/EssexCountySmartBook.pdf

Pre- and post-release guide for inmates with practical instructions on everything from obtaining forms and other documents, basic needs, education, finding a job, reconnecting with family, and expunging your record.

 

Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris County - Collaborative Justice Services (CJS)

https://www.mhaessexmorris.org/programs-services/#cjs

33 South Fullerton Avenue 

Montclair, NJ 07042

973-509-9777

All in person meetings and programs are canceled at this time. Online and telephone services are still available. 

The Collaborative Justice Services (CJS) provides effective discharge planning, linkage and referral to community resources for non-violent offenders with mental illness who re-enter the community following release from the Essex County Correctional Systems and from municipal jails. CJS also advocates on behalf of those consumers who are rightfully incarcerated to ensure that they receive necessary and appropriate treatment and medication during their tenure in jail. In addition, the program works with local law enforcement officers to train them on how to safely and effectively interact with individuals with mental illness who may be in crisis. 

 

National (United States) 

 

Career OneStop 

Job Search Help for Ex-Offenders

https://www.workforceatlas.org/storage/resources/job_search_help_for_ex-offenders/tcm24-26393_PDF_Job-Search-Help-for-Ex-offenders.pdf

 

National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC)

https://csgjusticecenter.org/nrrc/reentry-services-directory/

22 Cortlandt Street, Floor 22

New York, NY 10007

877-332-1719

The Reentry Services Directory was developed by the NRRC to help individuals who have been incarcerated and their families find local reentry services. The NRRC has compiled a list of organizations and service providers who can address different reentry needs including, housing, employment, and family reunification. 

 

New York Public Library Connections 

https://www.nypl.org/sites/default/files/connections_2019.pdf

445 Fifth Avenue 

New York, NY 10016

A free guide for formerly incarcerated people in New York City. 

 

Legal Services - Prisoner Re-entry 

 

County of Essex 

 

Essex County Legal Aid Association 

https://eclaanj.org/

465 Dr MLK Jr Blvd. 

Newark, NJ 07102

973-622-0063

Currently open Monday - Friday 9:00am - 1:00pm or email for assistance HELP@eclaanj.org

Free emergency legal advice related to civil matters. 

 

Essex-Newark Legal Services 

https://www.lsnj.org/enls/index.htm

5 Commerce Street, 2nd Floor

Newark, NJ 07102

973-624-4500

This office is currently closed. Please leave a message and someone will return your call. 

Provides free legal assistance in civil matters to very low income residents of Essex County. 

 

Statewide (New Jersey)

 

Legal Services of New Jersey: Clearing Your Record 

https://www.lsnjlaw.org/Publications/Pages/Manuals/CYR.pdf

PO Box 1357

Edison, NJ 08818

732-572-9100

This manual provides basic information about how to clear (expunge) a record of arrest of conviction. This manual is provided in place of a lawyer. It is intended to permit people to help themselves. 

 

Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ): Statewide Hotline 

https://www.lsnj.org/StatewideHotline.aspx

PO Box 1357

Edison, NJ 08818

888-576-5529

The LSNJ Hotline provides legal advice, information, and referral over the telephone to low-income residents of New Jersey in civil legal matters. LSNJ Law helps people with civil legal problems. 

 

New Jersey Office of the Public Defender 

https://www.state.nj.us/defender/

25 Market Street

Trenton, NJ 08625

The New Jersey Office of the Public Defender's office is committed to providing first class legal representation to citizens who cannot afford attorneys at both the trial and appellate levels. 

 

Starting Over - Prisoner Re-entry 

 

Applying for Government Benefits

 

Statewide (New Jersey)

 

New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA): Special Needs Housing Projects

https://www.state.nj.us/dca/hmfa/developers/needs/about/

637 South Clinton Avenue

Trenton, NJ 08650

609-278-8884

The Division works to improve the housing situation for some of New Jersey’s most vulnerable citizens, including people with developmental disabilities, consumers of mental health services, the homeless, the frail elderly, people with HIV/AIDS, youth who are aging out of foster care, youth leaving the juvenile justice system, ex-offenders re-entering communities, and other under-served communities.

 

National (United States) 

 

Benefits.gov 

Your path to government benefits 

https://www.benefits.gov/benefit-finder#benefits&qc=cat_1

Benefits.gov is an online resource to help you find federal benefits you may be eligible for in the United States. 

 

Usa.gov - Government Benefits 

https://www.usa.gov/benefits

844-872-4681

Get information on government programs that may help you pay for food, housing, health care, and other basic living expenses. Find out about eligibility requirements for programs like food stamps, welfare, Medicaid, and how to apply for them. 

 

Cover Letters and Résumés

 

City of Newark 

 

Newark Public Library - Careers/Cover Letters Web Guide 

http://nplwebguides.pbworks.com/w/page/5673349/Careers%20-%20Cover%20Letters

5 Washington Street

Newark, NJ 07102

973-733-7779

All in-person services are suspended at this time. You can still receive online assistance. 

The Newark Public Library compiled lists of Web sites by subject, including this one on careers and cover letters, to help provide you with useful information on the topic that you are interested in. 

 

National (United States) 

 

Great Sample Resume 

https://www.greatsampleresume.com/

855-213-0348

Easy-to-use resume builder makes writing powerful, attention-getting resumes easy for any jobseeker. 

 

Jobs and Job Assistance

 

Statewide (New Jersey)

 

New Jersey Career Connections 

https://careerconnections.nj.gov/careerconnections/

PO Box 110

Trenton, NJ 08625

New Jersey Career Connections provides many support options to help you obtain your job search goals. 

 

New Jersey One Stop Career Centers

https://www.nj.gov/careerconnections/plan/support/njccsites/one_stop_career_centers.shtml

990 Broad Street

Newark, NJ 07102

973-648-3370

Provides a multitude of employment related services such as job search assistance, training and education assistance, specialized services, and on-site resource rooms (PC's, telephones, etc.).

 

New Jersey Reentry Corporation 

https://www.njreentry.org/

32 Prince Street

Newark, NJ 07103

973-642-4646

Social service agency whose mission is to remove all barriers to employment for those citizens returning to the workforce from jail or prison. 

 

National (United States) 

 

Ex-offender Re-entry.com 

http://www.exoffenderreentry.com/overcome_barriers.html

9104 Manassas Drive, Suite N

Manassas Park, VA 20111

703-361-7300

Resources describing the many barriers to employment that ex-offenders face and how they can overcome these barriers. 

 

My Perfect Resume 

https://www.myperfectresume.com/

855-213-0348

The easiest way to create personalized resumes and cover letters, step-by-step to get hired faster. 

 

National H.I.R.E. Network 

https://www.hirenetwork.org/

225 Varick Street

New York, NY 10014

212-243-1313

State-specific governmental agencies and community-based organizations to assist people with criminal records, practitioners, researchers, and policy makers. They may be of assistance in providing job-related and legal services, answering questions arising from having a criminal record, or offering referrals to other useful organizations. 

 

O*Net OnLine 

https://www.onetonline.org/

The nation's primary source of occupational information. 

 

Unemployment Assistance

 

Statewide (New Jersey)

 

New Jersey Division of Unemployment Insurance

https://myunemployment.nj.gov/labor/myunemployment/

1 John Fitch Plaza

Trenton, NJ 08625

201-601-4100

Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a program that gives financial support to people who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. 

 

Work First New Jersey 

https://nj.gov/humanservices/dfd/programs/workfirstnj/

PO Box 716

Trenton, NJ 08625

New Jersey's welfare reform program emphasizing work as the first step toward building a new life and a brighter future. The goal of the program is to help people get off of welfare, secure employment and become self-sufficient, through job training, education and work activities. 

 

Resources for Family and Friends - Prisoner Re-entry 

 

For Family and Friends

 

City of Newark 

 

Newark Emergency Services for Families 

http://www.essexresourcenet.org/search/newark-emergency-services-for-families/

982 Broad Street

Newark, NJ 07102

973-639-2100

All in-person services are suspended until further notice. You can leave a message to access services. 

A comprehensive re-entry service to those who were formally incarcerated. This program includes long-term goal setting, case management, linkages to in-house services and programs, job readiness programs, housing information, referrals to medical care and other counseling services. 

 

National (United States) 

 

National Resource Center on the Children and Families of the Incarcerated 

https://nrccfi.camden.rutgers.edu/

405-7 Cooper Street, Room 103

Camden, NJ 08102

856-225-2718

NRCCFI is the oldest and largest organization in the U.S. focused on children and families of the incarcerated and programs that serve them. 

 

Prison Activist Resource Center

https://www.prisonactivist.org/about

PO Box 70447

Oakland, CA 94612

510-893-4648

PARC produces a directory that is a free to prisoners upon request, and seek to work in solidarity with prisoners, ex-prisoners, their friends and families.  

 

Locating a Correctional Facility 

 

Statewide (New Jersey)

 

New Jersey Department of Corrections 

https://www.state.nj.us/corrections/pages/index.shtml

PO Box 863

Trenton, NJ 08625

609-292-4036

NJ DOC is responsible for the operation and management of the prison facilities in New Jersey including the online offender search engine. 

 

National (United States)

 

Corrections.com

http://www.corrections.com/

617-471-4445

Online global community of corrections. 

 

Federal Bureau of Prisons

https://www.bop.gov/locations/

320 First Street, NW 

Washington, DC 20534

202-307-3198

Provides more progressive and humane care for federal inmates, to professionalize the prison service, and to ensure consistent and centralized administration of federal prisons. Recognized as a leader in correctional excellence and consistently recognized for outstanding government stewardship. 

 

Locating an Inmate 

 

Statewide (New Jersey)

 

New Jersey Department of Corrections 

https://www20.state.nj.us/DOC_Inmate/inmatefinder?i=I

PO Box 863

Trenton, NJ 08625

609-292-4036

The purpose of the offender search is to promote public safety and welfare while providing community access to selected offender information. 

 

New Jersey State Parole Board 

https://www.state.nj.us/parole/

PO Box 862

Trenton, NJ 08625

609-292-4257

NJ State Parole Board works to ensure ex-prisoners return to society as law-abiding citizens. 

 

National (United States) 

 

Corrections.com

http://www.corrections.com/links/20

617-471-4445

Links to inmate locators by state. 

 

Federal Bureau of Prisons 

https://www.bop.gov/inmateloc/

320 First Street, NW 

Washington, DC 20534

202-307-3198

Locate the whereabouts of a federal inmate incarcerated from 1982 to present. 

 

Inmate Lookup 

http://www.eccorrections.org/inmatelookup

Locate and inmate by name, state Id, booking number, or permanent number. 

 

GODORT

Prisoner locator tools from state agency 

http://godort.libguides.com/prisonerdbs

Links to inmate locators in a number of US States. Each locator is slightly different and can be searched in different ways and the amount of information about a particular prisoner can vary widely from state to state. 

 

Current Issues - Prisoner Re-entry 

 

Death Penalty

 

National (United States) 

 

Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC)

https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/

1701 K Street, NW, Suite 205

Washington, DC 20006

202-289-2275

A national non-profit organization serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment. The center releases an annual report on the death penalty, highlighting significant developments and features the latest statistics. The center also produces groundbreaking reports on various issues related to the death penalty. 

 

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

http://www.ncadp.org/

80 M Street, SE 

Washington, DC 20036

703-957-8198

The nation's oldest organization dedicated exclusively to the abolition of the death penalty. 

 

Juvenile Justice 

 

County of Essex 

 

Essex County Prosecutor's Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy: Juvenile Crimes 

http://www.njecpo.org/vw/juvenileoffenders.php

973-621-5384

Information and resources for any crimes committed by anyone under 18 years old. 

 

Statewide (New Jersey)

 

New Jersey Juvenile Detention Association 

https://www.njjda.org/

PO Box 410

Mt. Freedom, NJ 07970 

This association was established to enable personnel employed in juvenile detention facilities throughout the state to join together to improve the child caring standards. 

 

Prisoner's Rights 

 

National (United States) 

 

ACLU National Prison Project 

https://www.aclu.org/issues/prisoners-rights?redirect=prisoners-rights

125 Broad Street, 18th Floor

New York, NY 10004

212-549-2500

Dedicated to ensuring that our nation's prisons, jails, and detention centers comply with the Constitution, domestic law, and human rights principles. 

 

Correctional Education Association (CEA)

https://ceanational.org/

PO Box 3430

Laurel, MD 20709

443-459-3080

Provides leadership, direction, and services to correctional educators and institutional correctional education programs around the world. CEA is the only professional advocacy group for juvenile justice and adult correctional education to the private sector, political organizations, and social agencies in the United States. 

 

Criminal Justice Policy Foundation

https://www.cjpf.org/

8730 Georgia Avenue, Suite 400

Silver Spring, MD 20910

301-589-6020

One of the oldest drug policy reform organizations in the United States whose mission is to educate the public about the impact of drug policy on the criminal justice system. 

 

Innocence Project 

https://www.innocenceproject.org/

40 Worth Street, Suite 701

New York, NY 10013

212-364-5340

Exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. 

 

The Sentencing Project 

https://www.sentencingproject.org/

1705 DeSales Street, NW, 8th Floor

Washington, DC 20036

202-628-0871

Works for a fair and effective US criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.  

 

Re-Entry Planning by Government 

 

Statewide (New Jersey)

 

New Jersey Department of Corrections: Office of Transitional Services 

https://www.nj.gov/corrections/SubSites/OTS/OTS_Social_Service_Assistance.html

PO Box 863

Trenton, NJ 08625

609-292-4036

The office has oversight of the transitional and social services programs within the department of corrections. The goal of the office is to implement a seamless continuum of care for offenders utilizing cost-effective, proven practices system wide that increase offenders' abilities and motivation to practice responsible, crime-free behavior. 

 

Reentry Coalition of New Jersey 

https://reentrycoalitionofnj.org/

986 South Broad Street

Trenton, NJ 08611

609-706-2684

The mission of the Reentry Coalition of New Jersey is to promote evidence-based principles that reduce offender risk through collaboration with community and justice partners, advocacy, education and public policy development. 

 

National (United States) 

 

National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC)

https://csgjusticecenter.org/nrrc

22 Cortland Street

New York, NY 10007

 

877-332-1719

The nation's primary source of information and guidance in reentry. 

 

National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC): Reentry Services Directory 

https://csgjusticecenter.org/nrrc/reentry-services-directory/

22 Cortlandt Street, Floor 22

New York, NY 10007

877-332-1719

The Reentry Services Directory was developed by the NRRC to help individuals who have been incarcerated and their families find local reentry services. The NRRC has compiled a list of organizations and service providers who can address different reentry needs including, housing, employment, and family reunification. 

 

 

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