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Grassroots Groups Create Guide to Re-Entering Community after Jail or Prison

The Ithaca Voice

By Devon Magliozzi

The Tompkins County Re-Entry Toolkit fits in a back pocket. It has no staples and no hard binding. It’s a guide designed for, and by, people close to the experience of incarceration: people who have recently come home from jail or prison, their family members, and a community of advocates and activists who work daily on issues related to racial justice and mass incarceration. “This is built by the experiences of the people themselves,” said Fabina Colon, director of the Multicultural Resource Center, one of the organizations that partnered to create the Re-Entry Toolkit. “We’re proud of the outcome. It’s accessible, people are using it.”

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