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Transitioning from living in a correctional facility where virtually every day-to-day life decision is either made for you, or is subject to being regimented by strict rules and procedures, to living independently in the community can be challenging, but it does not have to be overwhelming.

The purpose of this resource guide is to provide supportive information that can inspire and assist you in preparing for community reintegration and serve as a navigational tool for your journey upon your release.


Adult Reentry Services

upliftCIC focused on female reentry only from 2005 to 2007 and still places an emphasis on this population to meet their realized special needs.  CIC has returned to a more focused Women's Reentry initiative - START (Sisters Transitioning and Reintegrating Together). Planning commenced in June 2013 providing a linkage to the support & wrap-around services needed along with Support Group Sessions both inside the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, and these services are also provided upon their release, for the women returning to Essex and Union Counties. Additionally, CIC provides assistance to children whose Moms are incarcerated. The ribbon cutting ceremony for its beginning was held in March 2014 at the Rutgers Newark Paul Robeson Center as a Women's Month initiative.

Under the Roselle First Workforce Initiative and The Linden First Employment Training Initiative, START participants are referred for job readiness training along with job search assistance. For males, CIC provides mentor coaches to the justice involved men at East Jersey prison in Rahway, NJ for their successful reintegration. Additionally, CIC provides employment services to the reentry population for both males and females. For more information about Adult Reentry Services, contact us here.

CIC START program mentors visit justice involved women inside the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Clinton, NJ and follow them to the halfway house and post release providing a connection to wrap-around along with services to their children.

CIC START program mentors visit justice involved women inside the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Clinton, NJ. Follow up is provided at the halfway house and after release, additional support services are made available for their successful reintegration.


 Juvenile Reentry Services


The Reentry Wellness Program services young  adults ages 14 to 24 and is designed to further develop a sustainable reentry service delivery system for probationers/parolees to build a more comprehensive community reintegration network to prevent recidivism for youth transitioning from JJC residential/secure facilities. For more information about Juvenile Reentry Services, contact us here.


The Union and Essex County Women's Reintegration Advisory Council

Comprised of many constituents from government agencies to local community and faith-based organizations who provide Prison Reentry Services to formerly incarcerated women returning to Essex & Union County New Jersey, the advisory council is dedicated to examining the impact of formidable obstacles in the women's reentry process.  This group also seeks to promote change and enhance and improve the scope of services delivered to Essex & Union Counties' female returnees.  Activities and events are executed to spread progressive & positive awareness and impact. For more information about the Council, contact us here.



CIC's Faith-Based Partnership Initiative: 'Get Connected' is comprised of inter-faith leaders who are working together on modalities, prevention, and intervention strategies to reduce the number of minorities incarcerated - taking the front end approach.