If you are a former inmate, you can get help finding a job, housing, health care, and other services from community-based organizations.

Jail release programs such as Jails to Jobs and the Community Re-Entry Assistance Network (CRAN) provide services and support to recently released inmates in multiple areas:

  • Case management
  • Help accessing social service benefits, like SNAP and Medicaid
  • Employment assistance, including short-term paid employment
  • Education and job training
  • Housing
  • Mental, behavioral, and physical health care
  • Help for people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS
  • Substance use treatment
  • Family support and reunification
  • Legal assistance

Programs may have different eligibility and intake requirements. Some groups will only accept clients who have a recommendation from their parole or probation officer.

Use Site Finder to search for Jail Release Services. Find a community-based organization near you, then call ahead to confirm the services offered and the hours of operation. Many sites accept walk-ins, but calling ahead is preferred.

Additional Referrals

You can get more information and referrals through:

The College Initiative program helps former inmates enroll in and graduate from college. It is run by the Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) at CUNY John Jay College.

You need a high school diploma or equivalency to participate. You can get more information about the program.

Online

Learn more about the College Initiative program.

You can also send an email to pri@jjay.cuny.edu.

By Phone

  • Agency: City University of New York
  • Division: College Initiative Program Intake and Support Services Coordinator
  • Phone Number: (212) 393-6010
  • Business Hours: Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM