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.
Reentry Research in the First Person
Higher Education and Reentry: The Gifts They Bring, a Participatory Action Research study conducted by Michelle Fine, Alexis Halkovic (CUNY Graduate Center) and a team of research assistants, explores the lived experiences of people with criminal justice histories as they attend and contemplate enrolling in college. The report highlights the journeys of these students and considers a number of important questions: What does it take for people with criminal justice histories to successfully transform the trajectory of their lives? What are the obstacles they face? What affirmative steps can we take to make our public and private colleges and universities more welcoming to this growing population of students? Click here for the press release and full report.
Three-Quarter Houses: The View from the Inside is the first systematic and comprehensive study of Three-Quarter Housing in New York City. In collaboration with MFY Legal Services and Neighbors Together, the Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice conducted focus groups and interviews with tenants of Three-Quarter Houses. The investigation revealed rampant building code violations, dangerous overcrowding, and illegal practices—including unlawful evictions without court process and dubious ties to programs that bill Medicaid. The report findings also stressed the lack of available alternatives, and the need to develop policy solutions that will protect residents’ safety and housing options. Click here for the press release and full report.
PRI’s Three-Quarter House report is referenced in this Aljazeera America article.
The full text of NYC Probation Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi’s speech at our fall 2013 youth justice symposium is now available online here. Video of the event is pending.
PRI’s Prison-to-College Pipeline program is featured in the New York Business Journal. Full story here.
On Wednesday, September 4, 2013, Bianca Van Heydoorn, the Director of Education Initiatives at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, along with Krystlelynn Caraballo, visited The Doe Fund’s dispatch center to thank the organization for the important work that they do with the college’s Prison-to-College Pipeline program. Full story here.
Learn about about three quarters houses with this investigative piece by The Crime Report. The article includes a quote from PRI Director Ann Jacobs and was also featured on Salon.com. PRI will release research on New York City three quarters houses this fall.
Ann L. Jacobs is quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on recidivism. Read the article.
Ann L. Jacobs featured at the Support Housing Network of New York’s annual conference. Read more and view video.
Ann L. Jacobs is quoted in Gotham Gazette article discussing repurposing unused correctional buildings for reentry programs. Read the article.
For more PRI press, click here.
The Education from the Inside Out Coalition (EIO) has released a white paper on barriers to higher education for people with criminal histories.
EIO is now hiring for a paid summer internship. More details 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 its second cohort of John Jay students in internships at youth justice community-based organizations. These promising Juniors and Seniors fulfill direct service roles, gaining valuable work experience while improving the operational capacities of the partner agencies. 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.