free online clearinghouse of materials on reentry and the consequences of criminal proceedings

Thursday, November 03, 2005

  • Kate Rubin
  • The Bronx Defenders

The Bronx Defenders/Pro Bono Net
Launch Reentry Net/NY

FREE online clearinghouse of materials on reentry and the consequences of criminal proceedings

NEW YORK, NY - The Bronx Defenders, Pro Bono Net, and a consortium of partners from the legal, advocacy, and social services fields announce the launch of, the first free information clearinghouse of materials on reentry and the consequences of criminal proceedings.
Each year, over 100,000 people leave New York jails and prisons and return to their communities. More than 5.4 million people in the state have criminal records. These New Yorkers face tremendous legal and social barriers that often prevent them from securing jobs, finding stable housing, and reuniting with their families. Without work, shelter, or services, they are much more likely to be caught in a cycle of incarceration.

Reentry Net/NY will be a prime resource for anyone working to help people with criminal records to reenter society and the job market successfully. The resource center will train and support criminal defense, legal services, social services, and policy reform advocates in New York State. It will strengthen and expand capacity in the field with an online library of hundreds of resources selected by experts, directories of service providers, the latest news and events, and online communication tools.

"As soon as they're arrested, people are in danger of losing hard-earned jobs, stable housing, basic public benefits, and the ability to stay in this country," says McGregor Smyth, the Reentry Net Director. "Reentry Net is an ambitious response to these problems that affect hundreds of thousands of families in New York. We are excited to use the unique technology developed by Pro Bono Net to support the great work of our partner organizations and improve advocacy statewide."

"The information that Reentry Net makes available to human service providers is invaluable," says Alan Rosenthal, Counsel for the Center for Community Alternatives. "This website places at your fingertips the kind of practical information that will enable case managers, counselors, and social workers to help solve every day problems for men and women returning home from prison."

Contact: Kate Rubin, Coordinator
Telephone: 718 838 7869

Reentry Net was built through the collaborative efforts of dozens of organizations, including The Bronx Defenders, Pro Bono Net, The Center for Community Alternatives, the Correctional Association of New York, The Empire Justice Center, the Fortune Society, The Legal Aid Society of Greater New York, Legal Services of New York Legal Support Unit, National H.I.R.E. Network, New York State Defenders Association, and the Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. Reentry Net is supported by the JEHT Foundation and the Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation.