When an individual returns home after incarceration, they face many barriers to employment. As the Essex County location for the New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC), we aim to break down those barriers and assist returning citizens in entering the work force.
Greater Newark Conservancy is a recognized a leader in creating employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated Essex County residents by providing transitional landscaping jobs through Clean and Green, a workforce program, started in 2009. Our success with Clean and Green naturally led the Conservancy to launch one of our most ambitious programs in November 2015, as Essex County’s partner with the New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC)—a statewide program initiated by Governor James E. McGreevey that provides training, employment services, and a host of supportive services for citizens with a history of court involvement. NJRC helps participants break through barriers to successful community reintegration so they can provide for themselves and their families without subsisting on public assistance. On average 10-20 participants complete the one-week orientation each week, which then allows them to continue to use our services. Our employment rate among participants at the Newark location is presently 68%, with an additional percentage involved in meaningful education or training opportunities, such as obtaining their Baccalaureate degrees or a Commercial Driving License (CDL). In stark contrast to the 77% recidivism rate for the State of New Jersey, the statewide recidivism rate for NJRC participants remains at only 19%.
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For more information, or to schedule an appointment with the NJRC staff, please call 973.642.4646 or stop by our office at 32 Prince Street in Newark.
To learn more about NJRC locations in Jersey City, Newark, Paterson, and Toms River, please visit njreentry.org
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