Support of the New Jersey Reentry Roundtables aimed at addressing the needs of ex-offenders including the expanding substance abuse treatment

This grant provided support for the New Jersey Reentry Roundtable which was convened to address the health and social issues raised by high numbers of ex-offenders reentering New Jersey communities. An introductory session took place in October 2002 and involved over 65 representatives from New Jersey state departments, social and health services providers, private philanthropy, and others. There are four more conferences planned to address: (1) health, mental health, and substance abuse (January 2003); (2) employment and community issues (April 2003); (3) juvenile reentry issues (June 2003); and (4) overall strategies and recommendations (September 2003). Each will take place in New Jersey locations and involve 65-80 experts and state officials.This project will help New Jersey make policy changes across a number of health, health care, social, and other sectors to improve the health and well being of people returning to their communities from prisons and jails. In turn, these changes are likely to decrease recidivism and improve the overall health of the nearly 16,000 adult and juvenile ex-offenders released each year in New Jersey, their families, and their communities. Finally, it is expected that results of these conferences will help to expand the resources for and availability of substance abuse treatment in New Jersey. The proceedings of each conference will be published in a final report with recommendations.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $15,000.00

Awarded on: 3/31/2003

Time frame: 4/1/2003 - 3/31/2004

Grant Number: 47682


New Jersey Institute for Social Justice Inc.

60 Park Place, Suite 511
Newark, 07102-5504


Kenneth Zimmerman
Project Director