Here are just a few of the agencies in New York State that may be useful to prisoners or their loved ones.

AIDS Related Community Services
473 Broadway
Newburgh, NY 12550
(914) 562 5005

Support groups; short-term counseling; AIDS education; crisis intervention; comprehensive case management services; individual, couple, and family counseling and support groups. Prison service initiative for state correctional facilities. Jail services program for county correctional facilities. Referrals for medical, legal, dental, funeral, and others. Broad range of community and professional education services. extensive volunteer involvement.

Albany Resources
Center for Law and Justice
Pine West Plaza Bldg. 2
Washington Avenue Extension
Albany, NY 12205
(518) 427 8361

Send for a copy of "On Your Own,"  information and resources for persons formerly incarcerated, the convicted, and their families in the Capital District.

Albion Orleans Visitors' Center
Contact: Cesar Loarca
PO Box 313
Albion, NY 14411-0313
(716) 589 9014

Hospitality and waiting center. Volunteers provide food and children's activities including a children's enrichment program. Informal counseling available. Services limited to visitors to Orleans Correctional Facility.

Black Veterans for Social Justice, Inc.
665 Willoughby Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 852 6004

Assists veterans in areas such as housing, employment, VA benefits, and upgrading discharges. Must have military discharge papers.

Buffalo Resources
Prisoners' Legal Services
107 Delaware Ave.,  Ste 1360
Buffalo, NY 14202-2904
716 854 0970

Send for their directory of Buffalo area reentry resources.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of NY
1011 First Ave.
New York, NY 10022
(212) 371-1000 Ext. 3161

A comprehensive program, including clothing, bail fund and referrals (including job referrals). Services are also available to families of offenders.

Center for Community Alternatives
39 W 19th St. 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011
(212) 691 1911

115 E. Jefferson St. Suite 300
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 422 5638

Offering justice strategies, youth advocacy services, HIV/AIDS services, court services, recovery community, and student learn and serve network.

Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)
32 Broadway
New York, NY
(212) 422 4430

Services provided: on-the-job work experience for persons on parole, probation or in work-release programs. Must be referred by parole or probation officer.

Center for Law and Justice
Pine West Plaza, Bldg 2
Washington Ave. Extension
Albany, NY 12205
518 427 8362

Addresses criminal justice issues and problems.

Center for Law and Social Justice
Medgar Evers College
1150 Carroll St.
Brooklyn, NY 11225
718 270 6297

Provides advocacy, training, and expert legal services to people of African descent and the disenfranchised.

Centurion Ministries, Inc.
221 Witherspoon St.
Princeton, NJ 08542-3215
609 921 0334

Maintains a national network of attorneys and forensic experts to assist the convicted innocent.

Cephas Attica, Inc.

Contact: Suzanne Monzon
258 Monroe Ave
Rochester, NY 14607
(716) 546 7472

St. Patrick's Friary
102 Seymour St.
Buffalo, NY 14210
(716) 856 6131

Group counseling in Attica, Wyoming, Collins, Orleans, Albion, and Rochester prisons; one-to-one matches with community volunteers; aid to inmate families; Post release services include housing for parolees and job training. Also offers assistance with educational opportunities, transportation, and housing and job opportunities.

Children's Center, Bedford Hills Correctional Facility
Contact: Sr. Elaine Roulet
247 Harris Rd
Bedford Hills, NY 10507
(914) 241 3100 ext 4050

Provides a children's center at Bedford Hills CF that includes a playroom, nursery, and infant daycare for inmate's children. Also provides parenting classes, children's advocacy, tutoring and visiting programs.

College and Community Fellowship
Center for the Study of Women and Society
The Graduate School and University Center
The City University of New York
365 Fifth Ave., Room 5103
New York, NY 10016-4309
212 817 2017

Helps fulfill the education and goals of formerly incarcerated women, men, and their families. Offers academic counseling and stipends, mentoring and community support.

Community Justice Center

Contact: Veronica Reed
Abyssinian Baptist Church
(212) 427 4545

Prisoner families support group.

Community Project for Reintegration
166 Montague St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718 422 2864
Area served: Brooklyn, Manhattan

Correctional Association of NY
135 E 15th St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254 5700

The Correctional Association does public education and policy advocacy on criminal justice and prison issues.

The CUNY (City University of NY) Program
In Brooklyn: Medgar Evans college (718) 270 6434
In the Bronx: Bronx community college (718) 220 6163
In Western Queens: LaGuardia Community College (718) 482 5320

Offers career development services, job search skills, assistance in housing, family, and entitlement issues, assistance in entry job skills training, substance abuse and education programs.

Daytop Village Family Association
401 State St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
718 625 8958

Delancy Street
100 Turk Hill Rd.
Brewster, NY 10509
(914)278 6181

Delancy Street provides, in a 2-4 year re-integration program, counseling and training in moving and trucking, para-transit services, a restaurant and catering service, a print and copy shop, retail and wholesale sales, advertising specialties sales, and an automotive service center

Episcopal Social Services
305 Seventh Ave. 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001-6008
212 675 1000

Sponsors re-entry support programs in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Exodus Transitional Community
161 East 104th St.
New York, NY 10029
(917) 492 0990

ETC provides support services to men and women who are in transition from incarceration to full reintegration into their communities, in an effort to break the cycle of recidivism. this is done by helping individuals build stable lives and promoting social and economic well being. Services include individual and group counseling, HIV/AIDS education and referrals, job development, computer training, drug and alcohol treatment, housing acquisition and educational referrals. The ETC staff was founded by and is run largely by formerly incarcerated individuals who have first hand experience with the trials and barriers that our participants face.

Families of Prisoners Support Project
420 1/2 Gifford St.
Syracuse, NY 13204
315 475 4822
Area served" Onondaga County

Provides transportation assistance, self help support group, information, referrals, mentoring, group activities, family reunification support, and advocacy.

Family Justice, Inc.
272 East Third St. New York, NY 10009
212 982 2335

Provides training and technical assistance in family case management, a model that identifies and mobilizes family and community support for the treatment of drug addiction and other criminal justice related problems.

Family Resource Center
Osborne Association
175 Remsen St. 8th floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
1-800 344-3314
Mondays and Wednesdays, 2-7PM

The Center is for families of New York prisoners and is a clearinghouse of information on visitation, transportation resources, packages, transfers, parole and other issues. Provides informational workshops for prison families on employment opportunities in NYC for former prisoners; and provides referrals for educational and treatment programs.

Family Works
175 Remsen st, 8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718 637 6506

Provides a parent education program for incarcerated fathers and a children's center in the visiting area at Sing Sing, Woodbourne and Shawangunk Correctional Facilities.

Fifth Avenue Committee
Developing Justice in South Brooklyn Project
621 DeGraw St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
718 237 2017

Helps ex-offenders with employment, education, housing, substance abuse treatment, health and mental health services, and family relationships.

Fortune Society

39 W 19th St.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 206 7070

This ex-offender self-help organization works with ex-offenders in the New York area. The Society offers one-on-one counseling (ex-offender to ex-offender); one-on-one tutoring; job training; placement; tutoring in preparation for the GED diploma; and out-patient substance abuse services. No legal services. Acts as a referral agency for halfway houses, drug or alcohol addiction programs, and numerous other social services. Conducts an Alternative to Incarceration program, and AIDS counseling. Publishes Fortune News, free to inmates upon request.

Harlem Restoration Project, Inc.
461 W 125th St.
New York, NY 10027
(212) 662 8186

Gives preference to ex-offenders with any openings it may have in its office or its building renovation projects. Preference given to Harlem residents.

Hour Children, Inc.
36-11A 12th St.
Long Island City, NY 11106
(718) 433 4724

Provides foster care for children of incarcerated women. Works with incarcerated mothers and their children to strengthen family ties through advocacy, visiting assistance and social services.

Incarcerated Mothers Program
104 E 107th St.
New York, NY 10029
(212) 410 4200

For incarcerated mothers whose children live in the five boroughs of New York City. Program helps prevent placement of children in foster care and helps regain custody of children. If foster care has agreed to give the child back, the program also helps facilitate this procedure. Provides parenting skills and counseling. Works with families in their homes.

Innocence Project, Benjamin N Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Ave., 11th Floor
New York, NY 10003
212 790 0200

Provides pro-bono legal assistance to inmates who are challenging their convictions based on DNA testing of evidence.

Job Treasures

152 W 74th St. 4th floor
New York, NY 10023
212 473 2389

Provides employment seminars in English and Spanish on resume writing, interviewing, telephone techniques, and job related skills.

Justice Works Community
Contact: Mary Elizabeth Fitzgerald
1012 Eighth Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 499 6704

Eligibility: women prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families.
Child advocacy focuses on family stabilization by offering comprehensive services to parents and children; serves children of parents still in prison, children without parents, and parents and children together. Letters of Reasonable Assurance to the Parole Board and post-release referrals are offered.

Kings County District Attorney's Office ComALERT
210 Joralemon St. 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Provides services for ex-offenders returning to Brooklyn. Refers ex-offenders to community based organizations for job training and placement, education, substance abuse treatment, and housing assistance.

Landing Strip

504 E. 11th St.
New York, NY 10009-4600
(212) 598-4984

Group Support for ex-offenders who have participated in Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) in prison.

Legal Action Center
153 Waverly Pl.
New York, NY 10014
(212) 243 1313

Concerned primarily with employment discrimination against ex-offenders, ex-addicts and ex-alcoholics. Will help obtain and clean up a rap sheet, obtain Certificates of Relief from Disabilities and Certificates of Good conduct.

Legal Aid Prisoners Rights
Contact: Ms. Shana Agid
90 Church St.
New York, NY 10007-2929

Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc.
Contact: Linda S. Reynolds
237 Main St. Suite 1602
Buffalo, NY 14203-2723
(716) 853 9555

Criminal appeals as assigned by the courts.

Legal Aid Society, Federal Defender Service Unit
Contact: Leonard Joy
52 Duane St.
New York, NY 10007-1207
(212) 417 8700

Upon assignment by U.S. Magistrate, this office will represent federal prisoners in parole revocation proceedings. Upon assignment by U.S. District Judge, it will represent prisoners in habeas corpus proceedings under the terms of the Criminal Justice Act.

Metro Prison Ministry and Family Advocacy
400 Riverside Dr.
New York, NY 10027
212 870 6884

Provides faith-based social services and public policy advocacy for people who are currently or formerly incarcerated and their families.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

99 Hudson St.
New York, NY 10013

New Beginnings, Even Start
28 Canal St.
Lyons, NY 14489
315 946 7530
Area served: Wayne County

Provides family literacy program for incarcerated parents, their children and the children's caregivers. Services include transportation, parent education, self-help support group, information, referrals, case management, childcare, family reunification support, and advocacy.

New York City Resources

a) New York Public Library
Institutional Library Services
455 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Write for their "Connections" book, A guide for ex-inmates to information sources in New York City. Free to inmates in New York State. $15 elsewhere.

b) Center for Community Problem Solving
245 Sullivan St.  5th Floor
New York, NY 10012
212 998 6614
Ask for their "Reentry Guide," a handbook for people coming out of jails and prisons and for their families and communities.

New York Therapeutic Community, Inc.
266 . 37th St., 21st Floor
New York, NY 10018
212 971 6033

Provides substance abuse treatment services. It operates in-prison Stay 'N Out and community based residential programs.

New York Women's Employment Center

45 John St. Ste 605
New York, NY 10038
(212) 964 8934

Job placement for women

Osborne Association
36-31 38th St.
Long Island City, NY 11101
718 707 2600

175 Remsen St. 8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718 637 6560

Holistic drug treatment and employment services to ex-offenders. Educational and vocational support and health services. Intensive AIDS/HIV case management.

Palladia Inc.
10 Astor Pl 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003-6935
212 979 8800

Helps parolees with employment readiness, job placement, and counseling.

P.E.A.C.E., Inc., Head Start

808 North McBride St.
Syracuse, NY 13203
315 470 3371 X 316

Provides parent education, information, referrals, family reunification support, case management, public education and advocacy for pregnant and postpartum women incarcerated in Onondaga County Correctional Center, their children and their children's caregivers.

Peter Young Housing, Industries and Treatment
134 Franklin St.
Albany, NY 12202
(518) 465 8034

10830 Sutphin Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11435
(718) 526 3803

625 Old Liverpool Rd.
Liverpool, NY 13088 (near Syracuse)
315 457 3000

Brooklyn, NY
718 230 7780

The Peter Young/Housing-Industry-Treatment Program and its Altamont Program in Albany, New York City, and other New York cities, provide, in an up to 2 year program, a transitional-living community including alcohol and drug treatment, counseling, GED and other education, parenting, life skills, anger management, training in culinary arts, motel operations, retail sales, maintenance, and job placement.

Prison & Shelter Ministry
Bridge Street A.W.M.E. Church
277 Stuyvesant Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11221
718 452 3936

Helps people coming home from prison reconnect with their families, and access social services and other resources; offers mentoring  program and parents classes.

Prisoner Families Anonymous

142 Regent St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

551 Livingston St.
Westbury, NY 11590
516 616 3191
Area served: Long Island

Provides self-help support group, information, referrals, case management, mentoring, family reunification support, and advocacy.

Prison Families of New York
Contact: Alison Coleman
40 N Main St.
Albany, NY 12203
(518) 453 6659

A self-help support group for families of prisoners. Group members discuss their problems and sponsor speakers on criminal justice issues.

Prison Fellowship
Christian Prison Outreach, providing ministry on a visiting basis.

Eastern Region
PO Box 953
Schenectady, NY 12301

Western Region
PO Box 531
Grand Island, NY 14072

New York City Area
PO Box 960
New York, NY 10272

Prison Ministry Ossining
Contact: Marian Farrell
34 S Highland Ave.
Ossining, NY 10562
(914) 941 0540

Provides breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays for visiting families and friends of prisoners in Sing Sing Prison, and supervised child care for children on both days. Some counseling is provided.

Prisoners' Legal Services of NY
Contact: Tom Terrizzi
118 Prospect Services Ste. 307
Ithaca, NY 14850-5839
(607) 273 2283

PLS was created under the sponsorship of the NYS Bar Association and funded by the state to provide a wide range of legal services to indigent inmates of state prisons. PLS does not handle criminal trials, direct criminal appeals, or habeas corpus actions. The cases in which assistance is provided include: jail time and sentence problems; prison conditions and civil rights cases; immigration problems; warrants and detainees; medical and mental health problems, prison disciplinary problems, and some parole matters. Application forms should be available in the prison law library.

Prisoner's Rights Project of the Legal Aid Society
199 Water St. 6th floor
New York, NY 10038
(212) 577 3530

Primary work involves conditions of confinement litigation in federal court. The Project also provides referrals, and offers information, advice, and various forms and information packets to individual prisoners seeking information on their legal rights and remedies. Brings class action lawsuits to challenge constitutionality of conditions of confinement in NYC jails and NYS prisons. Assists inmates by writing to prison officials about matters such as access to medical care, harassment, etc.

Project Greenhope
Contact: Estelle Pierce
448 E 119th St.
New York, NY 10035
(212) 369 5100

A halfway house for women offenders, serving both parolees and women referred by the courts. Services include counseling, life skills training, vocational and educational training, and job, housing referrals.

Project Return
10 Astor Place, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003-6935
212 979 8800

Helps parolees with employment readiness, job placement, individual and family counseling, as well as recreational and community service activities.

Providence House
705 Lexington Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11221
(718) 455 0197

A community based residential program for women who are on NYS parole and who cannot return to their places of residence after they are released from prison.

Reality House
Contact: Sydney Moshette, Jr.
637 West 125th St.
New York, NY 10027
(212) 666-8000

Provides group therapy and counseling services to recent releasees with a history of drug addiction. After-Care services are available in the community facility. Services include counseling, vocational guidance, education, medical and social services. Also provides recently released detainees/inmates of the NYC Dept of Correction at Rikers Island with community-based substance abuse treatment (ages 18+) and HIV primary care (e.g. counseling, HIV testing, medical evaluation, monitoring, case management, etc.)

Red Hook Community Justice Center
88 Visitation Pl.
Brooklyn, NY 11231
718 923 8248

Offers social services to court users and others in the community, including alcohol an substance abuse treatment, domestic violence counseling, youth counseling, GED classes, health education, family and community mediation, anger management, child care, job training, health care and mentoring. The Center serves the Brooklyn communities of Red Hook, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Sunset Park, and Park Slope.

Rochester Resources
Monroe County (NY) Library System
Extension/Outreach Dept.
115 South Ave.
Rochester, NY 14604-1896
585 428 8312

Send for a coy of  "Making Moves," a resource guide for ex-offenders returning to the Rochester and Monroe County area.

Rogers House
934 Culver Rd.
Rochester, NY 14609
(716) 482 2694

Prisoner re-integration. Mentoring. Assistance with housing and employment.

Salvation Army, Men's Corrections and Community Service Center
1 East 3rd St.,
New York, NY 10003
(212) 475 7366

Offers individual and group counseling, referrals for employment, educational programs and on the job training. Operates a residence to which pre-release referral through parole is necessary. Must be 18 years of age or older.

SCA (Sexual Compulsives Anonymous)
PO Box 1585
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10011
212 439 1123 york 

Single Parent Resource Center
31 E. 28th St. 2nd floor
New York, NY 10016

Services for children age 5-13 impacted by incarceration of their parents.

SRA (Sexual Recovery Anonymous)
PO Box 73
Planetarium Station
New York, NY 10024

Steps to End Violence Program
104 E 107th St.
New York, NY 10029
(212) 410 4200

For women who have been abused as children or adults and arrested on charges relating to this abuse, the STEP program helps provide alternatives to incarceration. For those women already incarcerated and ready for release, the program provides educational workshops on family violence both in prison and (post release) at the agency's office. Also offers weekly support groups and a parenting group for women who are survivors of abuse and have young children.

Society of St Vincent de Paul, Dismas Committee
249 Broadway
Bethpage, NY 3132
(516) 822 3132

Provides bail assistance, transportation in emergencies, reasonable assurance of housing, emergency clothing and limited financial assistance. Services are limited to Long Island residents who are returning to Long Island from prison and those incarcerated in Long Island.

Stand Up Harlem
145 W 130th St.
New York, NY 10027
(212) 926 4072

Emergency overnight stays, transitional housing for the HIV positive, case management, health and holistic services. Also a support group called YES TO LIFE designed for ex-offenders.

The South Forty Corp.
36-31 38th St.
Long Island City, NY 11101
718 707 2600

Provides vocational counseling to ex-offenders on parole or probation and to prisoners at Bayview Correctional Facility, and job placement for ex-offenders who are residents of New York city.

St. Paul Community Church
Contact: Rev. Johnny Ray Youngblood
859 Hendrix Street
Brooklyn, NY 11207
(718) 257 1300

Stay 'N Out Criminal Justice Program
500 8th Ave., Room 801
New York, NY 10018
(212) 971 6033

Provides comprehensive treatment for incarcerated men and women with drug-related offenses. This program has established segregated units in Arthurkill and Bayview Correctional Facilities. Inmates participating in this voluntary program receive services such as vocational rehabilitation, remedial education and therapeutic counseling (group, family, and individual). Upon parole or release, Stay 'N Out encourages and assists entry into one of the member agencies of NY Therapeutic Communities, Inc. Inmates of all NY State facilities are eligible for this program after meeting the criteria.

The College Initiative
Community Outreach Office
City University of NY
The Grace Building
1114 Avenue of the Americas, 15th floor
New York, NY 10036
212 886 5608

Offers a re-entry program for men and women who want to continue their education, sponsored by Episcopal Social Services and CUNY's Community Outreach Office. Provides counseling and guidance, and help with completing college applications and financial aid forms.

The Realization Center, Inc.
2632 Atlantic Ave., ground level
Brooklyn, NY 11206
718 342 6700

Offers treatment for addictions, as well as emotional issues related to chemical dependency.

Westchester County Resources
Westchester Council on Crime and Delinquency (WCCD)
Westchester Connections
PO Box 102
Katonah, NY 10536

Send for (or find on the web) a copy of "Westchester Connections," a guide, for persons incarcerated, and persons formerly incarcerated, to assist their re-entry back into society, including helpful resources throughout Westchester County.

Wildcat Service Corp.
17 Battery Place
New York, NY 10004
212 209 6000

Provides counseling and work programs for ex-offenders.

Women's Action Alliance
370 Lexington Ave. Ste 603
New York, NY 10017
(212) 532 8330

Job data bank

236 E. 27th St.
New York, NY 10001
(212) 463 9500

WomenCare's mission is to help paroled women successfully re-enter the community and secure better lives for themselves and their children. The core of the program builds on the age-old practice of mentoring. Once selected to participate in the WomenCare program, a woman prisoner is matched with a community mentor who has volunteered to be there for at least one year to advocate for her, listen to her and give he emotional support.

Women in Jail and Prison Project of the
Correctional Association of New York
Contact: Ida DuPont
135 E. 15th St. New York, NY 10003
(212) 254 5700

Provides advocacy services to female prisoners in New York to assist them in obtaining appropriate health care, educational and vocational training, mental health counseling, drug treatment, and in maintaining contact with children.

Women's Prison Association
110 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 674 1163

2632 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11207
718 385 2600

Offers an outreach service, which refers women who have been involved in the criminal justice system, with special focus on the needs of HIV positive women. Provides intensive case management for women on parole or probation or recently released. Also provides parenting training, counseling, support groups, peer education, living skills education, referrals, substance abuse services, advocacy, employment assistance, and recreational activities.

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