By Criminal Justice Investment Initiative Staff
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the investment of $7.2 million to expand healthcare, education, housing, and employment opportunities for New Yorkers reentering their communities from jail or prison. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is providing these grants through its Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (“CJII”), which District Attorney Vance created using criminal forfeiture funds obtained through the Office’s settlements with international banks for violating U.S. sanctions.
“Law enforcement must firmly and finally acknowledge that when we play a role in sending someone to prison, we own some of the responsibility for what happens when they get out,” said District Attorney Vance. “And with 42 percent of people released from New York prisons returning within three years, this revolving door is not just a tragedy for reentering New Yorkers, their families, and their communities – it’s a public safety problem. I am proud to invest in these organizations that are redefining reentry to provide returning New Yorkers with the tools they need, helping drive down recidivism and making our communities safer.”
City University of New York Institute for State and Local Governance (“CUNY ISLG”) Executive Director Michael P. Jacobson said: “Investing in reentry is investing in public safety—by helping people with education, health, housing, and employment issues, we can help them succeed when they are back in their communities and reduce the chances of them returning to jail or prison. The investments announced today are a great blend of building on what we know works in the field of reentry and testing new ideas that could make a lasting impact on people returning to their communities from jail or prison.”