Oct 2, 2012

Harlem Justice Corps Launches!

Prisoner Reentry Institute Director Ann Jacobs cuts the ribbon on the Harlem Justice Corps Office. She is joined by Chris Watler, Director of the Harlem Community Justice Center, Marta Nelson, NYC Executive Director for the Center for Employment Opportunities , Reion Evans, Literacy Partners Push Center Community Partnership Coordinator, and a Corps Member.
On Friday, September 28th, the Harlem Justice Corps, a project of the Harlem Community Justice Center, held an open house and ribbon cutting at its new office space at the Oberia D. Dempsey Multi-Service Center in Central Harlem. Part of the New York City Justice Corps initiative, the Harlem Justice Corps is an intensive career development and service program for justice-involved young men and women, ages18-24, who are seeking employment, education services and meaningful opportunities to serve their community. The Harlem Justice Corps seeks to improve education and employment opportunities for Corps Members, reduce recidivism, and support community development in Harlem.

Over 50 guests attended the open house, including representatives from the Corps partners, the Center for Employment Opportunities and Literacy Partners, as well as the NYPD, NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, NYC Probation, Hon. Ruben Martino, Presiding Judge at the Harlem Community Justice Center, local service providers and several Corps Members.  Ann Jacobs, Director of the Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) at CUNY/John Jay College, cut the ribbon. PRI serves as the intermediary organization for the city-wide Justice Corps initiative.

To learn more about the Harlem Justice Corps visit: http://www.courtinnovation.org/project/harlem-justice-corps