Improving the employment prospects of people who have had contact with the justice system can reduce recidivism and strengthen communities.
Expanding employment and educational opportunities is an important crime-fighting strategy. In Harlem, our Harlem Reentry Court has been documented to significantly improve employment outcomes for people transitioning back to their communities following a period of incarceration. The UPNEXT program at the Midtown Community Court and the Parent Support Programs in Brooklyn and Syracuse focus on helping non-custodial parents improve their job skills and their engagement with their children. With programs such as Justice Community Plus at the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, our community justice centers work with young people to connect them with internships and other job-readiness and educational opportunities.
Crown Heights Community Mediation Center
The Mediation Center seeks to improve community problem-solving, collaboration, and inter-group relations in Crown Heights.
Harlem Reentry Court
The Harlem Reentry Court helps parolees make the transition back to their community.
Parent Support Program
The Parent Support Program works with non-custodial parents to help them find employment, increase child support payments, and engage with their children.
UPNEXT is a workforce development and fatherhood engagement initiative of the Midtown Community Court.
Columbia University's Bruce Western, a leading expert on the connection between mass incarceration and poverty, discusses his new book, Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison, and outlines his vision for a justice system rebuilt to respond to the deep deprivation and trauma fueling much of the behaviour that leads to imprisonment.