What is re-entry? Once someone has paid the price for committing a crime, justice demands that we work with him or her to start a new chapter of life and become a contributor to Brooklyn’s success. That is what “re-entry” is all about – a partnership between the individual and society to create a second chance.
The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office has been working for years providing second chances to individuals who have been separated from society due to incarceration. For us, re-entry means working together to find appropriate housing and educational opportunities, to develop employment opportunities, and to help each individual re-establish the best relationships possible with family members and loved ones.
There are multiple re-entry programs in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and they are part of The Re-Entry Bureau. The Kings County Re-entry Task Force (KCRTF) is one important initiative. Together with the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) and the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), the KCRTF brings together individuals and organizations to provide the best services and the strongest support for formerly-incarcerated individuals.
The Kings County Re-Entry Task Force (KCRTF) is a New York State-funded program partnering the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office with the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS). You can be considered for acceptance as a KCRTF client if:
You have been released from a New York State facility and meet certain eligibility criteria regarding recidivism risk; OR
You are part of one of the following designated “special populations” of formerly-incarcerated individuals:
-You have an identified special need (such as mental health or physical disability)
-You are a female
-You are a sex offender
If you do not meet the automatic criteria specified above, don’t worry. Contact the KCRTF anyway for referral to an appropriate program that can help you, such as ComALERT (Community And Law Enforcement Resources Together) which is also operated by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.
The KCRTF provides an effective combination of vital services to individuals, including those with substance-abuse issues.
ComALERT (Community And Law Enforcement Resources Together) can provide services to any formerly-incarcerated individual who does not meet the specific eligibility requirements for the KCRTF. ComALERT generates the majority of its client referrals through its creation and development of a strong linkage with the parole division of the New York State Department of Correction and Community Supervision, Federal Probation, City Probation and community partners. The services accessed by ComALERT are almost the same as those accessed by the KCRTF. In other words, if you are an adult and have been incarcerated anywhere for any amount of time, we can and will assist you!
Client Eligibility, Referrals, and Graduation Requirements
To be eligible for ComALERT, each prospective participant must meet the following core requirements:
(a) He or she must be released to Brooklyn
(b) Participate in 6 month program
(c) Enrolled in School/vocational program or Employed
(d) Completed all supervision mandates
In addition, the Gender-responsive Re-entry And Support Program (GRASP) accesses services needed by young women between the ages of 13 and 25 who have been incarcerated or are experiencing re-entry in some other form. For more information about GRASP, feel free to contact us.
How Can KCRTF Re-Entry Programs Help You?
The KCRTF re-entry programs work with government agencies and community re-entry partners to:
Connect you to services, including substance abuse treatment; anger management; job readiness workshops; high school equivalency degree classes; family services and mentor matching; life skills workshops; HIV/AIDS counseling and testing; health insurance enrollment; and clothing assistance. Our programs will also help you get your birth certificate and NY State identification cards, if needed.
Connect you to off-site services including emergency shelters, job training opportunities, college and CASAC (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor) class enrollment opportunities, and medical services.
Ensure that you receive individualized case work with consistent follow-up regarding supportive services. This helps to ensure that your resources and services are being successfully utilized and maintained.
Eliminate any obstacles preventing you from successfully completing your parole or probation mandates.
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