Welcome to the Prisoner Reentry Institute
The mission of the Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice is to spur innovation and improve practice in the field of reentry by advancing knowledge; translating research into effective policy and service delivery; and fostering effective partnerships between criminal justice and non-criminal justice disciplines.
The PRI works towards this mission by focusing its efforts on the following types of projects and activities:
- Developing, Managing, and Evaluating Innovative Reentry Projects.
- Providing Practitioners and Policymakers with Cutting Edge Tools and Expertise.
- Promoting Education Opportunities for Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Individuals as a Vehicle for Successful Reentry and Reintegration.
- Identifying “Pulse Points” and Creating Synergy Across Fields and Disciplines.
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PRI in the News
Ann L. Jacobs is quoted in Gotham Gazette article discussing repurposing unused correctional buildings for reentry programs. Read the article.
The John Jay Magazine highlights the Prison-to-College Pipeline in an article entitled Opening Up a Pipeline: Education Program Helps Pave the Way for Prisoner Reentry.
The Prisoner Reentry Institute’s NYC Justice Corps initiative was featured on NY Viewpoint on WABC Channel 7. The segment aired on Sunday, December 30 at 5:30 a.m. The NYC Justice Corp brings young adults who have been involved in the justice system together with their communities to identify and address unmet community needs through meaningful and reparative service. The panel included Stacie Sanchez, Senior Project Director of NYC Justice Corps, Dianne Morales, Executive Director/CEO of Phipps Community Development Corporation and Ramon Calleja, NYC Justice Corps alumnus. NY Viewpoint, hosted by Eyewitness News anchor Ken Rosato, is a community affairs program that highlights the community and cultural efforts that enrich life in New York. To watch the interview on NY Viewpoint, click here.
The Crime Report named the Prison-to-College Pipeline as One of the Top 10 Criminal Justice Stories of the Year (2012).
Criminal Justice Matters travels to Otisville Correctional Facility in upstate New York to examine a pioneering program that helps offenders attend CUNY colleges after their release. It’s called the “Prison-to-College Pipeline.” To watch the interview on CUNY TV, click here.
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NYC Justice Corps: Program Expansion
The Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in partnership with the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity and the Mayor’s Young Men’s Initiative, is expanding the New York City Justice Corps reentry initiative to serve 300 young adults annually in the South Bronx, Jamaica, East New York and Harlem. See the Press Release. Learn More.
Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative
The Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative placed talented John Jay students into year-long positions at youth justice nonprofit community-based organizations. Ten promising Juniors and Seniors were placed as Community Fellows in direct service roles and four advanced graduate students are strengthening the evidence orientation and analytical capacity of participating agencies in academic year 2012-2013. Learn More.
In partnership with the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), this initiative engages public higher education as a partner in facilitating successful reentry for individuals leaving state prison. John Jay College offers college-level courses at Otisville Correctional Facility to individuals within three to four years of release. Learn more.