General Services

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ComALERT’s goal is to reduce criminal recidivism by providing the formerly incarcerated with the tools and support they need to remain drug-free, crime-free, and employed. In addition to drug counseling and treatment, many clients will receive a referral to and preferential placement in, the ComALERT “Ready, Willing, & Able” Program, which provides transitional employment through the Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing, and Able employment programs. In addition to receiving meals and a weekly stipend of $200 cash for manual labor jobs for up to nine consecutive months, the Day program provides the group support and reinforcement needed by the clients to maintain their sobriety. ComALERT provides weekly individual and group counseling, as well as random drug testing, to reinforce “Ready, Willing, & Able Day’s” zero-tolerance policy. PEOPLE ARE REFERRED TO COMALERT BY THE DIVISION OF PAROLE.
"Connections" is New York Public Library's collection of reentry resources made available through the website, or in print. Search for organizations that help with adjustment back into the community. Includes counseling, substance abuse and job training community services. "Conexiones" is the Spanish translated version. "Connections" is available at the Business & Career Library and all other Brooklyn Public Library branches. Call # is 364.8025 C
Exponents provides drug abuse treatment, HIV counseling, life skills training, case management, outreach and risk reduction services, and hosts an annual ex-offenders conference that teaches life skills and job readiness.
Fortune Society
Please contact Nancy Lopez Director of Health and Counseling Services for information about Fortune's services for former prisoners at 212-691-7554 x321 People are encouraged to call ahead, but walk ins are welcome during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. 29-76 Northern Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11101. The Fortune Society is a well known agency providing holistic based services to people with criminal histories. They assist with housing, job development and retention, education (literacy, GED, Professional Certificate Training), treatment and counseling, family services and much more. People can stay with Fortune Society as long as they like. The idea is that multi-pronged support is a critical component in successful reentry. This is a wonderful organization that has been serving the community for over 40 years. They are also actively advocating and lobbying for criminal justice reform.
Law Help is an online resource that provides information on the rights of people who have been charged with or convicted of a crime. Especially helpful for people who want to get applications for Certificates of Relief from Disabilites, printouts of inmate and ex-offender rights, etc.
Legal Action Center
The Legal Action Center provides legal assistance to ex-offenders, ex-addicts, and ex-alcoholics who feel discriminated against in employment. Call Monday through Friday regular business hours.
MFY Legal Services, Inc.
MFY Legal Services offers free legal services to those in need, including ex-offenders.
Osborne Association
Osborne Association offers programs on adopting healthy lifestyles, reconnecting families, achieving economic independence and more. Also get referrals for medical services and housing, and find programs for children and ex-offenders.
Red Hook Community Justice Center
For information about the Red Hook Community Justice Center call (718) 923-8200. The Justice Center seeks to solve neighborhood problems like drugs, crime, domestic violence and landlord-tenant disputes. At Red Hook, a single judge hears neighborhood cases that under ordinary circumstances would go to three different courts—Civil, Family and Criminal. The goal is to offer a coordinated approach to people's problems. But the Red Hook offers far beyond what happens in the courtroom.The courthouse is the hub for an array of unconventional programs that engage local residents in "doing justice." These include mediation, community service projects that put local volunteers to work repairing conditions of disorder and a Youth Court where teenagers resolve actual cases involving their peers. The idea here is to engage the community in aggressive crime prevention, solving local problems before they even come to court.
Reentry Net/NY
'Reentry Net/NY is the first ever support network and information clearinghouse on prison and jail reentry, and the consequences of criminal proceedings on individuals and families in New York State. Attorneys, social service providers, policy advocates, individuals with criminal records, family and community members are encouraged to join for full access to the online resource library, monthly mailings, and calendar updates.
The Legal Aid Society
The Legal Aid Society has nine offices in Brooklyn specializing in Juvenile, Civil or Criminal cases. Please visit the website for particular office's location and contact information or call (212)577-3300. The Legal Aid Society is an organzation dedicated to helping low income families or individuals with their legal needs. This is achieved by legal consultation and many, many additional programs.
Turning Point
This organization provides services including: crisis interventions, counseling, HIV prevention and testing, educational services (English as a second language, Pre-GED and GED classes), transitional and premanent housing for young women ages 18-25 as well as individuals with HIV, substance abuse counseling and rehabilition.