Incarceration and Reentry

Incarceration & Reentry

Every year, New Haven receives about 1,200 men and women who are released from prison. Many are in need of housing, employment, mental health and primary care services, and a positive emotional support system. Too often they are unable to receive the help that they need, increasing their risk of ending up back in prison. (Read more about the issue).

Our Leadership Strategy

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven is committed to improving the lives of recently incarcerated individuals and their families. When provided the right opportunities and support instead of barriers, formerly incarcerated men and women are far more likely to successfully find jobs, rebuild their relationships and reintegrate back into the community . Building on its long history of supporting organizations serving recently incarcerated individuals, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven is making the issue of successful reentry a strategic focus.

Although the focus of this strategy is reentry, The Community Foundation understands that mass incarceration is a complicated issue with intersecting root causes including: structural racism, lack of access and coordination, education, policy, poverty and culture. The Community Foundation believes that as a community, we can do better to empower men and women to rebuild their lives when they return home.

The Goal

A region where formerly-incarcerated individuals are empowered with opportunities so that they can successfully reintegrate, making them less likely to reoffend, and reducing the ripple effect on their children, family and the community as a whole.

Through community partnerships, grantmaking and public education, The Community Foundation hopes to achieve the following:

  • Returning citizens will have access to a robust support network that empowers the reentering individual, their families, communities and providers to address education, housing, employment, and primary and mental health care tailored to the needs of individuals and their families
  • Social service and community-based organizations are better coordinated with each other and with the criminal justice system, allowing service providers to better identify, reach, and effectively serve formerly incarcerated individuals 
  • Greater New Haven is better informed about the impact of incarceration

Reentry on the Radio

Babz Rawla Ivy on WNHH radio

Babz Rawls-Ivy (pictured), editor of Inner City News, co-hosts WNHH's "Criminal Justice Insider" radio show with Jeff Grant, Executive Director of Family ReEntry.
Photo Kathleen Cei

The voices of people starting over after coming home from prison are raised up on Criminal Justice Insider, a new radio show sponsored by The Community Foundation. Complete archives


Additional Resources:

For recently released men and women returning to the New Haven, the City of New Haven's Project Fresh Start has published a comprehensive Prison Reentry Guide

A clearinghouse of research on recidivism and reentry from the Prison Policy Initiative. 






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