Whether the criminal law attorney is private or public (e.g. Legal Aid Society), that attorney should be involved during the arrested person’s incarceration with such matters as procedures and rights.
DURING – INCARCERATION ASSISTANCE
Disability Rights NY (DRNY)
TYPE: DRNY is the Protection & Advocacy System and Client Assistance Program (P&A/CAP) for persons with disabilities in New York. As the P&A/CAP for New York, DRNY advocates for the civil and legal rights for New Yorkers with disabilities.
SERVICES: DRNY provides free legal and advocacy services to children and adults with disabilities.
DAY LINE: (518) 432-7861; TTY (518) 512-3448; Toll Free (800) 993-8982; Fax(518) 427-6561
INSURANCES: Not applicable (free services)
AFTER – INCARCERATION ASSISTANCE
Alliance of Families for Justice
TYPE: Established in 2016 in NY, the mission of the Alliance of Families for Justice (AFJ) is to support families of incarcerated people and people with criminal records, empower them as advocates and enable them to marshal their voting power to achieve systemic change.
SERVICES: The Alliance of Families for Justice seeks to end mass incarceration by empowering the formerly incarcerated and their families.
Re-entry support services: Refers family members and formerly incarcerated individuals for counseling support services. Provides monthly “Welcome Home” events and care packages for those returning to society. Provides each returning citizen with a “buddy” for a year to help navigate a safe and productive return with plenty of encouragement.
Legal Referrals: The criminal justice system has a long record of human rights abuses. AFJ refers to a pool of pro bono attorneys to provide legal support for individuals and family members whose human rights have been violated during their incarceration in prisons and local jails.
Advocacy and Communication Skills training: In partnership with the Advocacy Institute and the Opportunity Agenda, AFJ trains a select cohort of family members and formerly incarcerated individuals in advocacy and communications skills that empowers them and amplifies their voices.
Voter Registration: Many states ban those with a felony on their criminal records from voting. This assures ongoing disempowerment. New York allows formerly incarcerated to vote. AFJ seeks to empower the formerly incarcerated and their families to use that right through voter registration and voter education.
DAY LINE: 1-347-973-0580
INSURANCES: Not applicable
Nassau and Suffolk County Reentry Taskforces, NYS Division of Criminal Services
TYPE: DCJS provides counties across New York State with grants to establish County Reentry Task Forces (CRTF), which devise community-specific offender reentry strategies and coordinate services for offenders who are released from prison.
SERVICES: DCJS and the state work in partnership with the CRTF to identify moderate and high-risk offenders who need services. Through the CRTF, those individuals receive coordinated services which aid their transition back into their communities. The grant funds allow counties to employ reentry coordinators who work with a diverse group of agencies – including police departments, community supervision agencies, mental health and social service providers – to identify gaps in service and provide coordinated services to offenders at a high risk of recidivism with needs such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment.
DAY LINES: Nassau 1-516-227-7025; Suffolk 1-631-852-5100
INSURANCES: not applicable
Nassau Pamela Lincoln, Nassau County Offender Reentry Task Force, email@example.com
Suffolk Edith Thomas, Reentry Coordinator, Case Management, Edith.firstname.lastname@example.org 631-852-5014
OR Louise Taylor, Reentry Coordinator, Task Force, Louise.email@example.com, 631-852-5054
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
TYPE: National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
SERVICES: Confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
HOT LINE: 1-800-662-4357 (TTY) 1-800-487-4889
E-MAIL: not available