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These are sites that I have found and that others have shared with me in the time I have been with my husband. I thought it would be a good idea to share them with everyone here...

When I stepped into this life, I was confused, overwhelmed and clueless of where to find things, how to help myself, my husband, where to go for support....

I hope I can make it easier for some of you now.



The Fortune Society

Helpful New York Agencies

HIRE Resources

Upnorth Services


New York Re-ENtry

Evolution Of NY's Prison Systems

NY Correction History Society


How to Clean Up Your Rap Sheet

Sing Sing offers an educational program for men interested in obtaining certificates and degrees in ministry. To obtain infor on this program, one can go to www.nyts.edu there one can find programs and then pull up info on its programs offered at Sing Sing.

Also, to read past sermons/presentations by previous Sing Sing students, one can go to www.ryepc.com On the home page for this site there is "getting involved", following that is "Sing Sing" and then voices table of contents. Asha Bandale's husband, Zayd Rashid, is posted there as well as many others. Impressive content.

The radio program that is a special interest is "On The Count" hosted by Eddie Ellis and Ayo Harrington. The program comes on Sat. 10:30-12:00. Its out of Pacifica radio...very progressive. www.Wbai.org.

Prison Families Community Forum


Prison Families Of New York Inc.

with chapters in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn.
We are a family oriented informational activist group. We provide information and support services to families of the incarcerated.
We are aligned with groups such as CCR and Prison Families of New York. We hold monthly support meetings in the Bronx, and Manhattan.
Check out the calendar for information on our next meetings! Hope to see you there.

The Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc. (FAC)
is a not-for-profit, community-based organization.http://www.fifthave.org/
contact kym clark directly.

Kym Clark
Coordinator/Criminal Justice Organizer
Prison Families Community Forum
141 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
tel: (718) 857-2990 x41
email: kclark@fifthave.org

Alison Coleman
Prison Families of New York, Inc.
tel: (518) 453-6659
email: Alison.Coleman@rcda.org

General Links



Prisonerlife.comnetworking for prisoners


States That Allow Family Reunion Program

Families Left Behind:

Life After Exoneration:Resettlement Programs, Truth In Justice.org

PrisonPolicy.Org, Prison Policy Initiative

Kairosprisonministry.org Prison Ministry

Fcnetwork.org Serving Families of Adult Offenders

Sharrif's Ex Offender Home PageEX-OFFENDERS'
For those on probation/parole

After 17 years...advocates for prison reform

OPEN INC. Offender Preperation and Education

SupportPath.com support for families of inmates

Pfmonline.net prison ministry prison fellowship

H.I.R.E. Resources employment and other resources

Career Resource Library part of HIRE,career help!

Top 99 Employment Sites great LINKS for job sites

Coaching the job Seeker with Special Needs Tips for
the Inmate Seeking a Job

Journal Of Prisoners On Prison Made By Prisoners

The Sanford Prison Experiment


The Prisoners Wife's Handbook

The Prison Foundation

Families Against Mandatory Minimums

Drop The Rock

Office Of Justice -Re- Entry Programs

Prison Links

The Correctional Association

Reflections Of A Prisoners Wife (only with AOL)

Wings Of An Angel

After Prison Roadblocks



An Explanation of Federal Medicaid and Disability Program Rules

Reading...Articles, Books

Articles By Jennifer Gonnerman, Village Voice New York
Lifeontheoutside.com Meet the Author

Jennifer Gonnerman's Book

Education Not Incarceration, MaKeszine.org

Books To Read, All Topics, Prison Related!!!
(Part of PrisonTalkOnline)

Article - Prison Boom Related to Early Release and the Rockerfeller Drug Laws

The Urban Institute Research Institute- Links to Books

One Article There...From Prison To Home

sentencingproject.org Research and Advocacy for Reform

R.A.P.P Article about this Organization

Sean Pica: Out to Do Good True Success Story in New York
Do You Agree? I DON'T!!! Article on Prison Marriages

Helping Inmates Find Their Way Home

Prison Wives: Love Behind Bars Article

Misconceptions About Prison Life Article

what I want my words to do... Documentary Project on PBS
prison wives-Article

Higher Education Vs Prisons Article

Addiction & Recovery

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State

Programs for Incarcerated Parents and Children

Overview of Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

Prison Literacy-Model Programs

November Coalition

NARANON Support For Families Living with addicts

Narcotics Anonymous Support for the addict

Alcoholics Anonymous Support for the alcoholic

Rehab 4 Addiction offers advice on alcohol addiction and alcohol-related health concerns.



Grants and Self Employment Information

Government Grants

Leskos Grants

Small Business Administration


Education and Financial Aide Information on Prison Talk Online

Factual Answers About Financial Aide, PTO Thread

Inmate College Programs,PTO Thread

Education, more..PTO Thread

Federal Help For Ex-Offenders

LuLu.com Financial Aide Books





sites that send free books of all kinds.

Prison Book Program
c/o Lucy Parsons Bookstore
1306 Hancock Street, Suite 100
Quincy, MA 02169
Find us on the MBTA red line --> Quincy Center
617-423-3298 (no collect calls)

I no longer work for PTO and do not have updated information to share
please go to the NY Forum for help from current staff and members!
Good Luck to you!

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Some of these links may be duplicate organizations already posted above.


540 East 13th Street, New York, NY 10009
Contact: Jamie Inclan, Ph.D., Executive Director.

Individual/family/group counseling and psychotherapy for families under stress due to incarceration problems.

Hours: Monday, Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Referrals: Monday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Payments accepted: Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance, sliding scale.
Languages (other than English): Spanish.
Wheelchair access.

Greenwich House Parole Treatment Program

122 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10003
T: 212.463.8244
F: 212.675.3968

The Parole Treatment Program provides substance abuse and counseling services to clients referred to Greenwich House through the New York State Division of Parole. It is an outpatient treatment program offering substance abuse treatment for 1205 parolees. The program is specifically designed to prepare each parolee for treatment and encourage clients to continue in treatment. Greenwich House uses a variety of engagement and learning techniques intended to help facilitate this readiness for treatment and assist parolees to adhere to the requirements of the Department of Parole. Using Greenwich House's resources, the Parole Treatment Program can offer methadone maintenance, alcoholism treatment, family counseling, services for victims of physical/sexual abuse, ongoing medical care and psychotropic medication, CTRPN (HIV counseling, testing, and partner notification), and treatment for TB. For parolees who are HIV-positive, the program provides specialized mental health and primary health care services.


Individual, group, family therapy
Medical and psychiatric services
HIV education
Drug and alcohol education
Referrals to vocational services
Self-help groups

Monday-Thursday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sliding Scale, Medicaid, Insurance

Osbourne Association
Prison, Reentry and Family Services

Family Resource Center

Osborne' s community-based Family Resource Center provides support and information for families of people in New York State prisons. The Center helps families stay connected to their loved ones behind bars, and prepare for and adjust to their return home. A toll-free Hotline, staffed by former prisoners and prison family members, provides information, support, and linkages to needed services. The Center works to build a community of families capable of supporting each other and championing their common causes.

The Family Resource Center provides:

• A toll free information hotline (1-800-344-3314) providing answers to questions about visitation, transportation, packages, transfers, parole, and other issues related to a loved one's incarceration

• Informational workshops for prison families

• Information on employment opportunities in New York City for former prisoners and prison family members

• Opportunities for former prisoners and family members to address the challenges of post-release family re-unification

• Referrals for educational, treatment, and family services for family members, children of people in prison, and former prisoners

• Peer advocacy groups to address prison and criminal justice issues of concern to prison families and former prisoners

Organizations or houses of worship that offer services and support to prison families--and that wish to receive referrals from the Family Resource Center's hotline--are invited to contact the Center directly.

Volunteers interested in staffing the Center's Hotline are invited to contact us at familyresourcectr@osborneny or call Eric Waters at (718) 637-6560. Volunteers receive Metrocards, meal allowances, and small stipends.

Mental Health Services
Safe Landing

Safe Landing serves people whose mental health has been affected as a result of being incarcerated. This new initiative, informed by a profound understanding of the unique "culture" of jail and prison, provides discharge planning and, upon release, offers intensive case management to men and women who have served lengthy prison terms.

Safe Landing
809 Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
(718) 842-0500
Fax: (718) 842-0971

36-31 38th Street, Long Island City 11101
Telephone: 718.707.2600
809 Westchester Avenue, Bronx 10455
175 Remsen Street, Brooklyn 11201

The Osborne Association assists defendants, former offenders, people on probation and parole, and prisoners and their families.It offers a wide range of educational, vocational, support, and health services, including defender-based advocacy, intensive licensed outpatient substance abuse services, walk-in harm reduction services and acupuncture on demand for detox, intensive AIDS/HIV case management, and mental health transitional services. Also available are primary health care referrals, support groups for substance abusers, and an AIDS Prison Hotline for inmates (for Hotline only call COLLECT Tue., Wed., and Thu. 3-8 pm at 718.378.7022). El Rio offers an intensive community-based all-day outpatient chemical dependency treatment program in the Bronx that employs traditional counseling and 12-step techniques along with acupuncture and other holistic approaches. Call 718.842.0500 for further information. Osborne's Brooklyn-based Family Resource Center helps families stay connected to their loved ones and prepare for and adjust to their return home. A toll-free Hotline (1.800.344.3314) staffed by former prisoners and volunteers provides information, support and linkages to services while family members are imprisoned, and employment and social services to FamilyWorks graduates and their families post-release. South Forty Employment and Training Services (formerly South Forty Corporation) offers comprehensive vocational services to persons with criminal records. Provides assessment, testing, career and educational counseling, resume preparation, and job placement assistance. Participants attend workshops to improve their ability to cope with the outside world and enhance their prospects for employment. Call 718.707.2600 for an appointment. Spanish also spoken. Upon written request, the agency provides prisoners with letters of Reasonable Assurance.




Contact Information
Mary Ellen Flynn
Director of Operations
NY State Division of Parole
314 West 40th Street
New York, NY 10018
Tel: 212. 239.5727
Web: http://www.vera.org/greenlight

Program Description
In February 2002, the New York State Department of Correctional Services, the New York State Division of Parole, and the Vera Institute of Justice launched a project to test new ways of preparinginmates for release back to the community. Project Greenlight, operating within the Queensboro Correctional Facility in New York City, is geared toward inmates who are two to three months from their release dates.

Inmates come to the program from correctional facilities across the state and spend eight to ten weeks before their release dates developing plans for how they will live, work, and interact with others after they are released. When participants join the program, they meet with their newly assigned case manager (either a corrections counselor or parole officer) and complete a thorough risk and needs assessment tool. Participation in the structured program begins immediately, with classes focused on cognitive skills, job readiness, family reintegration, substance abuse, practical life skills, and establishing connections with agencies in the community that can provide support services upon their release. Inmates who acknowledge that they have a substance abuse problem spend four weeks in daily relapse prevention groups working with a counselor on ways in which they can avoid relapse upon release.

On a daily basis, inmates have an opportunity to meet with representatives of community-based organizations that provide a number of support services they may need upon release. Throughout the program, inmates also work with their case managers on their release plans. This plan, developed in conjunction with the individual's field parole officer, identifies his strengths and needs. A step-by-step plan outlines how he will address those needs and with which community agencies he will work after release. Families are also involved in the process by meeting with project counselors and the soon to be released family member.

Project Greenlight currently serves only male inmates because the Queensboro facility is restricted to men. During the initial phase of the demonstration, the project served 52 inmates at a time, increasing its capacity to 104 during the summer of 2002.

Program Goals
The goal of Project Greenlight is to establish or strengthen inmates' vital connections to their families, community-based service organizations, and positive influences before they are released from the facility, in an effort to improve their chances at successful reintegration.

Networking, Partnering & Collaboration
Project Greenlight is a collaboration among a number of public and private partners. The government partners are two state agencies that work directly with prisoners before and after release, the New York State Department of Correctional Services and the New York State Division of Parole. Community-based service organizations are also involved in the project through participating in orientation sessions for soon to be released inmates.

The Vera Institute of Justice is implementing an evaluation of the program. The evaluation will focus on three things: At the most fundamental level, it will determine whether Project Greenlight participants, who prepare for release in several different ways, have lower recidivism rates than similar released offenders who did not participate in the program. The study will also examine outcomes that influence recidivism such as the ability to secure stable housing, find and keep a job, relationships between people on parole and the officers who supervise them, community resources, and relationships with family and friends, all of which should discourage criminal behavior. Researchers will interview program graduates one month after release and at six months following their release dates. Based on what participants say about their own life circumstances, the researchers will determine whether the program leads to these positive intermediate outcomes. Finally, the evaluation will document which inmates benefit most and what aspects of the program are most effective



Criminal Justice Programs

Since its inception in 1972, Wildcat Service Corporation has been successfully serving individuals who are involved in the criminal justice system, constituting approximately 35% of our clientele basis. Purpose of our criminal justice programs is to ensure that participants successfully reintegrate to their communities, become productive, self-sufficient, law-abiding citizens through securing full-time mainstream employment:

Youth Offender Initiative

Funded by the United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, in collaboration with the New York City Workforce Investment Board and its Youth Council, Wildcat provides alternative sentencing, community service, gang prevention aftercare programming and workforce development services for juvenile delinquents and anti-social youth living in the South Bronx, New York, ensuring their successful reintegration to their communities.

Inmate Job Development Employment Services

Wildcat has been successfully offering a multi-dimensional vocational training program in partnership with the New York State Department of Correctional Services since 1985. The program provides vocational assessment, paid work experience, life-skills training, job placement and community support services for inmates participating in the Department's Work Release and Day Reporting Programs.

Supported Work for Probationers

Wildcat has been running this program in collaboration with the New York State Department of Probation and Correctional Alternatives since 1987. The program enrolls offenders in full time supported work for up to an average of six months in addition to providing job placement, counseling, referrals to other human and social support services as well as transitional employment services in unsubsidized jobs including world of work orientation, employment counseling and interview preparation.

TANF Project for Community Corrections

Funded by the New York State Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives, program offers services as an alternative to incarceration for individuals involved in the criminal justice system who are the custodial and non-custodial parents of children under the age of 18 years and receiving cash benefits under TANF.

Vocational Training and Job Placement Services Reintegration Employment Program

Wildcat has been offering this program for 15 years through a contract funded by the New York State Division of Parole. Program offers unsubsidized job placement assistance, supervised temporary paid employment and supportive services all focused on enabling the parolees and inmates to succeed in the labor market as well as reduce recidivism and re-incarceration.

Restitution Collection Project

Program participants are court referred. The Restitution Collection Project is administered through the Department of Probation's NOVA ANCORA Program which seeks employment opportunities for eligible probationers.

A unique program developed in collaboration with the New York City Department of Probation's Aid to Crime Victims initiatives. Unemployed probationers with a Special Condition of Probation ordering restitution to a victim are referred to Wildcat for six to nine months of full-time supervised transitional employment. Wildcat structures participants' paychecks so that restitution amounts can be deducted and forwarded to the Probation Restitution Unit (or other entity) as directed by the court. Participants' work assignments are primarily focused on fulfilling the Court mandate of restitution and building work-habit skills to prepare for eventual placement in unsubsidized employment.


Episcopal Social Services

Network in the Prisons

A Network Living Unit takes the form of a cellblock or dorm in which 30-50 inmates come together voluntarily to encourage and challenge each other as a therapeutic, self-directing community within the larger prison population. The rehabilitation process is rooted in daily “Four-Part” and “Community” Meetings whose design is based on proven precepts from cognitive and social learning theory. The community creates a positive environment for the development of self-esteem, acceptance of responsibility, avoidance of blaming, and planning and coping skills. Each inmate in a living unit makes a solid commitment to his or her rehabilitation process and to receiving and giving support through the positive peer group model. ESS Network facilitators visit the units on a regular basis to provide guidance, monitor progress, and assist in the introduction of special projects such as the Network Reading Project and Transitional Coaching. Stimulated by the Network emphasis on life-long learning, inmate members frequently design their own educational programs. For example, Spanish, ESL, GED (English, math and history), sketching, writing, American Sign Language and AIDS education currently are running in several units. Network “graduates” have been shown to make more successful adjustments to the outside world than non-members as a result of the program’s ability to help individuals bond and identify with society in ways that make it much more likely to have a good job, decent housing and a stable family life upon release. When this happens, the community as a whole becomes safer.

ESS operates Network units at seven correctional facilities (Fishkill, Otisville, Woodbourne, Mid-Orange, Taconic, Sing Sing, and Fulton) for approximately 350 inmates per year.

Network in the Community

Based on the same model as Network in the Prisons, Network in the Community (NIC) is a reentry support program for men and women transitioning from prison life. Meetings are held across the City, each one offering a safe place in which ex-offenders can continue to reinforce self-worth through “Four-Part” and “Community” Meetings with such segments as self-affirmation, stresses and concerns, formulations of goals, and reflection. The meetings instill discipline and confidence; assist with work and family problems; teach coping skills as well as conflict avoidance and resolution; and, from time to time, provide a safe and immediate refuge from dangerous or self-destructive impulses that might lead to relapse or recidivism. Individuals may speak freely and receive judgment-free “teachings” from fellow community members who have experienced similar problems. The bonding that occurs at NIC meetings becomes a source of energy and support for the ex-offender who has to go back out into the world to remake his or her way because he/she knows that there is a place to come to when things get tough or, very often, when there is progress and good news to share with the community.

We have recently expanded our services in the areas of individual counseling, job search, and skills-training assistance. Additionally, through the College Initiative, we are instrumental in helping ex-offenders enter or reenter college. We work closely with the NYS Division of Parole and are in contact with many lead agencies in the field in all boroughs.

ESS serves approximately 400 ex-offenders annually through four Network in the Community sites across New York City: Bronx Division of Parole, Exodus Transitional Community, St. Luke’s and St. Matthew’s Church Parish Hall (Brooklyn), and Calvary Church Parish Hall (Manhattan).

The Bard Prison Initiative

A partnership between ESS and Bard College, the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) offers college and pre-college educational programs in four regional prisons. At the college level, 60 NYS inmates study a sweeping liberal arts curriculum full time as Bard College students under collaborating faculty from Bard, Columbia, Marist, New Paltz and Yale. At the pre-college level, 40 Bard student volunteers run GED programs in English and Spanish and offer other pre-college programs such as creative writing and jazz workshops. Until this year a major frustration for the college students in our maximum-security Eastern program had been that inmates with less than five years to release were transferred to a medium-security facility without college classes. However, this fall BPI launched a second college program at the Woodbourne regional medium-security prison to which students from Eastern may be transferred to continue their studies as they prepare for parole. In addition, Bard has applied for NYS certification to award a two-year Associates Degree exclusively to students in prison. This would, if approved, expand the pool of students eligible to study for a degree. BPI is the only college program serving multiple prisons in New York and one of only four college-in-prison programs in the state. We work together in a coalition of agencies bringing college back inside.

BPI teaches 60 full-time inmate students at Eastern and Woodbourne Correctional Facilities and operates pre-college programs for many more inmates at Eastern, Woodbourne, Beacon, and Hudson.

The College Initiative

A unique and innovative re-entry program in collaboration with the City University of New York (CUNY) Admissions and Division of Community Outreach, The College Initiative assists newly released prisoners in the New York metropolitan area to begin or continue college education. We initiate the outreach to inmates when they are less than five years from parole in order to give the college goal deep roots but also welcome ex-offenders who just recently learned about our services. We solicit information about education backgrounds, career goals, and outstanding loans; send information packets of appropriately targeted brochures, financial aid, viewbooks, transcript requests, and instructions on how to emerge from loan default; negotiate away or pay for application fees; hold orientations at CUNY specifically for ex-offenders; and provide tutoring classes on the outside to help applicants pass required entrance exams. Students range from first-time freshmen to PhD candidates. Having college on a resume dramatically helps ex-offenders land stable jobs and elevates their sense of self worth.

The College Initiative has assisted close to 1,000 prisoners and ex-offenders with the college process (many of them still awaiting parole) and has ~130 students enrolled in Spring 2004.

Public Safety Advocacy

ESS provides information at both state and federal levels explaining the benefits of a return of government support for prison education and rehabilitation initiatives, which, data show, can cut the nationwide 41-60% recidivism (crime relapse) rate by up to 75%. The more schooling prisoners get, the safer we all are. We have recruited Dallas Pell, daughter of Senator Claiborne Pell, for whom the grants are named, to spearhead the effort. We are excited that Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Joseph Biden (D-DE) are responsive to introducing a bill this session for the reinstatement of inmate eligibility for Pell educational grants. To support lobbying efforts for the bill, we are in the process of producing a brief documentary on the benefits and impact of in-prison and post-release college education. Apart from federal Pell efforts, at the state level we received the support of conservative NYS Senator Dale Volker and numerous other State Senators and Assembly Members.


Counseling and Family Services
For information and/or referral to a wide range of social service agencies and counseling centers, call the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Inc. at 212.777.4800 ext. 329 Mon.–Fri. 9–5, or the Jewish Board of Famiily and Children's Services (Bronx 718.931.4045; Manhattan 212.5829100; Brooklyn 718.642.8955; Staten Island 718.761.9800)

A large number of services are available at The Children's Aid Society. Services are available for youngsters from infancy through young adulthood, and range from adoption and foster care, education, health care, and counseling, to specialized eye and dental clinics, homemaker services, Head Start classes, afterschool/weekend/summer programs, drug and teen pregnancy prevention, parenting programs, and emergency assistance. Call 212.949.4800 for more information.


Crisis Intervention and Short-Term Counseling
Help Line Telephone Service
Call 212.532.2400 for telephone counseling. Trained volunteers will talk with persons about any problems troubling them. Regular line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


555 Broome Street, Manhattan 10013
Mailing Address: 121 6th Avenue, Manhattan 10013
Telephone: 212.941.9090
Provides crisis intervention services to adolescents in need of welfare, medicaid and emergency housing. Family planning services as well as legal, educational and vocational counseling also provided. Must be between the ages of 12 and 21. Call 9–8 Mon., Wed., Thur; and Fri 9–6. Spanish also spoken. Accessible to people with disabilities.


Exoffender Organizations

Adjustment back to the community is often a difficult process. Fortunately, various groups now exist to make that transition as smooth as possible for you. Some of the organizations, such as The Fortune Society, are operated largely by ex-offenders, and provide a wide range of important services. Others emphasize job assistance or counseling. In any case, there is often no substitute for finding a person you can rap with, a person who's been through it all, and who can lend a sympathetic ear as well as give meaningful advice on problems specific to you as an ex-offender.


53 West 23rd Street, Manhattan 10010
Telephone: 212.691.7554 39
West 19th Street, Manhattan 10011
Telephone: 212.206.7070

An ex-offender self-help organization with a national membership. The Society offers counseling, referrals to vocational training, job placement, tutoring in preparation for the High School Equivalency Diploma (GED), Basic Adult Literacy, ESL (English as as a Second Language), and substance abuse treatment. It also offers a wide variety of Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) services for jail bound defendants. The Nueva Vida program is an ATI program specially designed for persons facing incarceration who are primarily Spanish speaking. Fortune provides discharge planning, case management and support groups for persons with AIDS or who are HIV positive. Publishes Fortune News (free to prisoners) and provides the public with information on the criminal justice system. No legal services offered. Ages: 16 and over. Walk in, and/or call Mon.-Thur. 9-8; Fri. 9-5; Sat. 10-3. Spanish also spoken. Provides Reasonable Assurance in job placement assistance.

Note: Fortune Society also provides housing. For information, write the Counseling Department at 53 West 23rd Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10010.


346 Broadway, Manhattan 10013
Telephone: 212.732.0076

An alternative to incarceration program for felony offenders, age 13 and older. It offers Basic Education, GED preparation, ESL, job preparation and development, and job referrals. Also provided is basic counseling, drug education and prevention, and advocacy for those with open court cases.


39 West 19th Street, 10th Floor, Manhattan 10011
Telephone: 212.691.1911
25 Chapel Street, 7th Floor, Brooklyn 11201
Telephone: 718.858.9658

The Center for Community Alternatives serves persons who are involved in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. It provides information, referral, education and support services for HIV positive persons. Also a harm reduction program for women who are HIV positive. Operates a substance abuse day program for women. Provides client specific planning and defender based advocacy. An employment service for women includes employment readiness training and placement. Call Mon.-Fri. 9-5. Spanish, French and Haitian Creole also spoken. Accessible to people with disabilities.


PVRS is a joint effort by the New York State Department of Labor and the New York State Division of Parole. Provides prevocational skills and job search skills, as well as referrals to jobs, all levels of continuing education and vocational training. Operates in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Yonkers, Mt. Vernon and White Plains. Must be referred by your New York State Parole Officer. Spanish also spoken.


41-27 29th Street, Queens Plaza North
Long Island City, NY 11101
Telephone: 718.937.6230

A drop-in center, open 24 hours a day, Mon.-Fri., to assist newly freed inmates from Rikers Island. Offers a wide range of services, including referrals to health care, career counseling and development, education, and substance abuse treatment. Special assistance provided for persons who are HIV positive. Spanish also spoken. Accessible to people with disabilities.

Note: Drop-in site is located just a few steps away from where buses drop off newly released inmates.


161 East 104th Street, 4th Floor, Manhattan 10029
Telephone: 917.492.0990

Provides transitional and substance abuse workshops, career development counseling, resume writing, computer training, clothing and some meals. Also offers housing and education referrals. Call Mon.-Thu. 9-5. Spanish also spoken. Provides Reasonable Assurance in job placement and housing assistance.


Episcopal Social Services
305 Seventh Avenue, 4th Floor, Manhattan 10001
Telephone: 212.886.5602

Network in the Community is a re-entry program for formerly incarcerated men and women. There are six sites in the NYC area where participants come together to meet the challenges of transition in the context of a four-part meeting. Meetings instill discipline, build self-esteem, foster education, teach conflict avoidance and resolution and create community. Trained facilitators conduct all Network sessions.Call Mon.-Fri. 9-5. Contact person: James Hamilton


1980 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., Manhattan 10026
Telephone: 212.662.8186

Gives preferences to ex-offenders with any openings it may have in its office or its building renovation projects. All levels of people are hired, from laborers to administrators. On occasion, housing is available to ex-offenders and their families. Serves all age groups. Preference is given to Harlem residents. Call Mon.-Fri. 9-5.


60 Madison Avenue, Suite 705, Manhattan 10010
Telephone: 212.683.8641

CareerConnections is a structured employment program for low income single people with any past criminal conviction or any history of substance abuse recovery. Offers a job readiness program, including resume assistance, training and counseling, job placement, post-placement support, and rewards for staying on the job. Fields of work include food service, maintenance, retail, stock clerk, mail clerk, driver, warehouse, and customer service. Call Mon.-Fri. 9-5. Spanish also spoken.


" Steps To A Renewed Reality"
2090 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, 12th Floor
Manhattan 10027
Telephone: 212.865.0775

The S.T.A.R. Project offers two programs for persons with mental illness who have a history of incarceration. The Forensic Peer Specialist Program trains participants to be peer counselors, while the Assisted Competitive Employment Program targets those with work experience and offers eight weeks of job readiness training for work in a large variety of fields. Call or walk in Mon.-Fri. 9-5. Contact person: Ms. Thomie Harper. Spanish also spoken. Accessible to people with disabilities.


200 Hudson Street, Manhattan 10013
Telephone: 212.334.9400

Binding Together, Inc. provides job training and placement, financial incentives, and counseling. There is a 100% job placement rate with lifetime access. Targets ex-offenders, people who are HIV positive, and those recovering from substance abuse. Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30. Call first for tour. Contact person: Uriel Kinch, ext. 231.


175 Remsen St., 9th Floor, Brooklyn 11201
Telephone: 718.637.6800

Offers an outreach service, which refers women who have been involved in the criminal justice system, with special focus on the needs of HIV positive women. Outreach staff also provides pre-release planning and counseling at five city and state correctional facilities. Two other programs include the Alternative to Incarceration Program, and the Sarah Powell Huntington House, a shelter at 347 East 10th Street 212.677.0949, which serves women who are homeless, involved with the criminal justice system and trying to reunite with their children. Follow-up advocacy and counseling is at 175 Remsen Street, 9th Floor, Brooklyn.


448 East 119th Street, Manhattan 10035
Telephone: 212.369.5100

A residence for women which offers personal counseling, individual and group therapy, vocational workshops, assistance in vocational placement, substance abuse support groups, parenting information, and advocacy in areas such as foster care. Ages served: 18 and over. Call Mon.-Fri. 9-5. Spanish also spoken.


Transitional Housing Program, P. O. Box 210529, Brooklyn 11221
Telephone: 718.455.0197

A community based residential program for women who are on New York State parole and who cannot return to their places of residence after they are released from prison. Each of the two houses, one in Brooklyn and one in Queens, has a core community of volunteers who live permanently in the house and who participate in the communal life with the residents. There are also paid staff who assist with referral services and housing. Length of stay: from 3 months to a year. Write to Providence House before you go up before the parole board or ask your parole officer for a referral. Spanish also spoken.


Edwin Gould Services for Children
1968 Second Avenue, Manhattan 10029
Telephone: 212.410.4200

A program designed for incarcerated mothers whose children live in the five boroughs of New York and are not in foster care, or who are in foster care, but are ready to be returned to the mother's custody. Program helps prevent placement of children in foster care and helps regain custody of children. If foster care has agreed to give the child back, the program also helps facilitate this procedure. The Incarcerated Mothers Program also works with children and with incarcerated and post-release mothers in providing parenting skills and counseling. It works with families directly in their homes. Call Mon.-Fri. 8:30-5:00. Spanish also spoken.


Edwin Gould Services for Children
1968 Second Avenue, Manhattan 10029
Telephone: 212.410.4200

For women who have been abused as children or adults and arrested on charges relating to this abuse, the STEP Program helps provide alternatives to incarceration. For those women already incarcerated and ready for release, the program provides educational workshops on family violence (both in prison and post-release) at the agency's office. Also offers weekly support groups and a parenting group for women who are survivors of abuse and have young children. The program works with children of all ages, providing therapeutic play groups and individual counseling. Call Mon.-Fri. 8:30-5. Spanish also spoken.


Edwin Gould Services For Children
1968 Second Avenue, Manhattan 10029
Telephone: 212.410.4200

Provides a 10-12 week job readiness training program for women throughout the Metropolitan area. Serves victims of domestic violence who have been incarcerated, in and out of the system, newly released, or arrested and have children. Intake is through Community Linkage referrals, telephone or walk-in. Call Mon.-Fri. 8:30-5. Spanish also spoken.


151 West 26th Street, Manhattan 10001
Telephone: 212.243.3434

Offers a long-term case management program for HIV-Positive indi- viduals who are in transition from correctional facilities back to the community. Services include, but are not limited to: Entitlements, Housing, Primary Care, Recovery/Harm Reduction, Peer Support, and HIV Counseling and Education. Call first. No referral needed. Contact persons: Mr. Jose Melendez, ext.139, or Mr. Robert Barrett, ext.129. Spanish also spoken. Accessible to people with disabilities.


665 Willougby Avenue, Brooklyn 11206
Telephone: 718.935.1116

Assists Veterans and their families in areas such as housing, employment, VA benefits, and upgrading discharges. Makes referrals to shelters. Must have military discharge papers (DD214). Call Mon.-Fri. 9-5. Spanish also spoken. Accessible to people with disabilities .


141 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn 11217
Telephone: 718.857.2990

A program designed to help ex-offenders (those persons having spent at least one year in incarceration) who live in or are returning to South Brooklyn (Park Slope, Gowanus, Red Hook, Sunset Park). Offers peer counseling, and information and referral in the areas of employment, education, housing, substance abuse, health and family relationships. Call Mon.-Fri. 9-5. Spanish also spoken. Accessible to people with disabilities.


330 West 38th St. (between 8th and 9th Avenues) Room 301 Manhattan 10018
Telephone: 212.760.0755

A community based organization that serves young persons aged 11-24 who have been released from Rikers Island or other juvenile and adult detention facilities and are returning to New York City. Among its many services are case management, leadership training, computer classes, employment placement assistance, referrals to educational programs, tutoring, and an alternative to incarceration program for those aged 13-21. Call Mon.-Fri. 9-5 or walk in Mon.-Thu. 9-12. Spanish also spoken. Accessible to people with disabilities.


A follow-up support group for persons who have undergone training in prison in the Alternatives to Violence Project. Groups meet the first Tuesday and third Wednesday of every month at the Friends Meeting House, 15 Rutherford Place in Manhattan.


32 Broadway (between Exchange Place and Morris Street)
Manhattan 10004
Telephone: 212.422.4430

Services provided: on-the-job work experience for persons on parole or in work-release programs. Must be referred by parole officer. Call or walk in Mon.-Fri. 9-5. Spanish also spoken.


489 St. Pauls Place, Bronx 10456
Telephone: 718.590.0655

Services provided include: AIDS awareness workshops; GED testing (must be 17-20 years of age); job placement, and computer training classes. Must have birth certificate and social security card when registering. Call for appointment: Mon.-Fri. 9-4. Contact person: Yakeima McAllister. Spanish also spoken.


Provides services for people with a diagnosed Severe Peristent Mental Illness (SPMI) who are confined in NYC jails, involved in court abjudication, or returning to the community after leaving confinement or court. The program assists in linking clients to treatment, housing, medication and the acquisition of Medicaid and other benefits. Also serves the juvenile population. Referrals not necessary. Contact the program in your borough:

New York City Link Program
315 Hudson Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10013
Telephone: 917.606.6560

Volunteers of America
Queens Forensic Link Program
163-18 Jamaica Avenue, 5th Floor
Jamaica, New York 11432
Telephone: 718.725.1560 ext.202

Brooklyn and Staten Island
Education & Assistance Corporation
Brooklyn Forensic Linkage-Transition Program
175 Remsen Street, 6th Floor
Brooklyn, New York 11201
Telephone: 718.975.0180
(includes an Adolescent Link Program)

Fordham Tremont Treatment Community
Mental Health Center
Bronx Link Program
2250 Ryer Avenue, 3rd Floor
Bronx, New York 10457
Telephone: 718.960.0674


Ginsburg Outpatient Clinic
1500 Waters Place, Bronx 10461
Telephone: 718.862.4745

Offers outpatient services staffed by trained mental health professionals. Clinic equiped to serve clients who have been incarcerated or who have problems with the criminal justice system. Need not be referred. Call Mon.-Fri. 9-4. Accessible to people with disabilities.


SPAN Program, 1000 Grand Concourse, Suite 2E, Bronx 10451
Telephone: 718.590.1235

Provides information and referral to forensic mentally ill persons recently released from New York City jails. Covers the areas of case management, housing, substance abuse, entitlement assistance, health, and medical grant programs. Call Mon.-Fri. 10-7. Contact person: Saara Khabir. Spanish also spoken. Accessible to people with disabilities.


Episcopal Social Services in collaboration with
CUNY (City University of New York)
305 Seventh Avenue, 2nd Floor, Manhattan 10001
Telephone: 212.886.5608/5663

Assists former prisoners in beginning or continuing their education at CUNY, SUNY and private colleges. Services include: bi-weekly orientation sessions at CUNY Admissions; free one-on-one educational counseling; help with college applications and financial aid forms; preparation for college placement exams; and access to undergraduate and graduate programs for nontraditional students. Serves all formerly incarcerated men and women in the NY City metropolitan area. Call Mon.-Fri. 9-5 for appointment to attend orientation session. Contact persons: Benay Rubenstein, Charlene Griffin. Accessible to people with disabilities.


Designed to help persons, aged 17-24, incarcerated in the NYC jail system in their transition back to the community. The program operates within both detention and sentence facilities and at the following college campuses:

In Brooklyn
Medgar Evers College
New York Technical College
(arranged through Medgar Evers Program)

In the Bronx
Bronx Community College

In Queens
La Guardia Community College

Once enrolled in college, the program offers career development services, job search skills, family and entitlement issues, assistance in entry job skills training, referral to substance abuse treatment, and education programs.


500 8th Avenue, Suite 1207, Manhattan 10018
Telephone: 212.714.0600

Designed especially for persons coming out of New York City Correctional Facilities. Offers vocational and education assessment, educational, including college, programs, and individual counseling. Call first, Mon.-Fri. 9:30-5. Spanish also spoken. Accessible to people with disabilities.


Cephas Attica, Inc.
Contact: Suzanne Monzon
258 Monroe Ave
Rochester, NY 14607
(716) 546 7472

St. Patrick's Friary
102 Seymour St.
Buffalo, NY 14210
(716) 856 6131

Group counseling in Attica, Wyoming, Collins, Orleans, Albion, and Rochester prisons; one-to-one matches with community vounteers; aid to inmate families; Post release services include housing for parolees and job training. Also offers assistance with educational opportuniies, transportation, and housing and job opporatunities

The South Forty Corp.
500 8th Ave. Suite 1203
New York, NY 10018
(212) 563 2288

Provides vocational counseling to ex-offenders on parole or probation and to prisoners at Bayview Correctional Facility, and job placement for ex-offenders who are residents of New York city.

St. Paul Community Church
Contact: Rev. Johnny Ray Youngblood
859 Hendrix Street
Brooklyn, NY 11207
(718) 257 1300

Stay 'N Out Criminal Justice Program
500 8th Ave., Room 801
New York, NY 10018
(212) 971 6033

Provides comprehensive treatment for incarcerated men and women with drug-related offenses. This program has established segregated units in Arthurkill and Bayview Correctional Facilities. Inmates participating in this voluntary program receive services such as vocational rehabilitation, remedial education and therapeutic counseling (group, family, and individual). Upon parole or release, Stay 'N Out encourages and assists entry into one of the member agencies of NY Therapeutic Communities, Inc. Inmates of all NY State facilities are eligible for this program after meeting the criteria.

Upper Madison Avenue Church
East Harlem

Support group, families and ex-prisoners. Fridays 5-7 pm

Project Greenhope
Contact: Estelle Pierce
448 E 119th St.
New York, NY 10031
(212) 369 5100

A halfway house for women offenders, serving both parolees and women referred by the courts. Services include counseling, life skills trainig, vocational and educational training, and job, housing referrals.

Project Return
10 Astor Place, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003-6935
212 979 8800

Helps parolees with employment readiness, job placement, individual and family counseling, as well as recreational and community service activities
I no longer work for PTO and do not have updated information to share
please go to the NY Forum for help from current staff and members!
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Great post! Any housing resources?
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this post is really very informative and unique i didn't found such material on any other web
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My hubby read about receiving $200 when he leaves instead of the $40. Does anyone know anything about this or how to apply for it?
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My hubby read about receiving $200 when he leaves instead of the $40. Does anyone know anything about this or how to apply for it?
It's only $40
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Default the whole $200 thing is an urban myth

I won't go into it again for fear we will resurrect the thread-but he will get $40 (which is his own money and will be deducted from his pay over time).
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i need to find facility visitation hours... im sooo lost.
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