New Jersey Reentry Program Receives $1 Million to Help End "Tragic Cycle" of Violence
Date:  11-14-2016

Newark and Rutgers collaborate in effort to identify and provide services to men with a high risk of killing or being killed
From NJ.Com

NEWARK — Officials on Thursday announced a Newark prisoner reentry program that will focus on providing services, including employment help and a social worker, to those at the highest risk of being perpetrators or victims of homicides in the state's largest city.

Mayor Ras Baraka, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr., unveiled the collaborative effort between the city and the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice at a news conference hosted at the school. Funded by a $1 million federal Justice Department grant, the Newark Reentry Initiative will hone in on 75 high risk former inmates most likely to be involved in killings.

Baraka said the program would help end a "tragic cycle" of people being released from jail or prison and soon becoming involved in violence. "We are trying to focus these dollars and create a system around individuals who are either victims of violence or perpetrators of violence as soon as they are released from prison," Baraka said at a news conference. Read more >>