Important News For Formerly Incarcerated Individuals In New York
Governor Cuomo Announces Formation of Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration to Address Barriers Formerly Incarcerated New Yorkers Face When Trying to Re-enter Society
Today marked an important milestone for the thousands of ex-offenders each year who leave New York’s prisons and face countless barriers and obstacles in trying to successfully reintegrate back into society. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the formation of the New York State Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration — with the goal of alleviating barriers to successful re-entry that are currently experienced by so many reformed ex-offenders in New York once they leave prison.
The newly formed Council will be addressing a wide range of issues faced by ex-offenders in New York when trying to successfully reintegrate back into their communities, including housing, employment, healthcare, education, behavior change and Veterans’ services. In announcing the formation of the Re-Entry Council, Governor Cuomo said that the council will “strengthen the support that we provide to formerly incarcerated individuals as they transition back into mainstream society, and help ensure that those transitions are lasting and effective.”
The New York State Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration is important news for so many reformed ex-offenders in New York who continue to face barriers and roadblocks every day in employment, housing, education and more. This new Council, along with the work being done to make criminal record sealing in New York a reality, are major steps in helping to give formerly incarcerated New Yorkers that all-important second chance – as well as being important tools in reducing the state’s recidivism rate.
Rick Collins continues to work on the issue of criminal record sealing in New York and on ways to help reformed ex-offenders in New York successfully reintegrate back into society. In addition to his longtime work as Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Sealing Committee in trying to change the law regarding criminal record sealing in New York, last year he was also appointed by New York State Bar Association President Seymour W. James, Jr. to serve on a New York State Bar Association Special Committee created to address the issue of prisoner re-entry, to examine problems that formerly incarcerated individuals face upon release from prison or jail and the kind of services needed to help them lead productive lives.
We’re hopeful that the new NYS Re-Entry Council, the NYSBA Special Committee on Prisoner Re-Entry and the continuing work being done by the State Bar to change New York State law when it comes to criminal record sealing will all result in enabling reformed ex-offenders to successfully reintegrate back into their communities and get that second chance to get their lives back on track. Keep checking back for the latest news on the status of criminal record sealing in New York, as well as the work being done by the NYS Re-Entry Council, the NYSBA Committee on Prisoner Re-Entry, and the NYSBA Criminal Justice Section Sealing Committee. In addition, if you have any questions about criminal record sealing in New York or conditional record sealing, call Rick Collins at 516-294-0300.
To read Governor Cuomo’s announcement of the formation of the New York State Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration, click here: www.governor.ny.gov/press/07082014-council-community-re-entry-reintegration