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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.