Mercer County Reentry Task Force

Mercer County Reentry Task Force A committee that works to build a safer and more just Mercer County through advocacy, awareness, and collaborative action. http://mercerreentry.org

Our Vision

Homegoers returning to Mercer County will have the resources, guidance, and support to beak the cycle of crime, achieve personal fulfillment, and strengthen their communities. Brief History

The Mercer County Reentry Task Force is a subcommittee of the Human Services Advisory Council. The group began in 2006 as the Mercer Ex-Offender Partnership. It changed its name in 2009 when it was

Our Vision

Homegoers returning to Mercer County will have the resources, guidance, and support to beak the cycle of crime, achieve personal fulfillment, and strengthen their communities. Brief History

The Mercer County Reentry Task Force is a subcommittee of the Human Services Advisory Council. The group began in 2006 as the Mercer Ex-Offender Partnership. It changed its name in 2009 when it was

Operating as usual

If you have been previously incarcerated or have a background issue this event is for you. Their will be employers, educ...
05/13/2019
4th Annual Mercer County Reentry Conference

If you have been previously incarcerated or have a background issue this event is for you. Their will be employers, educators & resource providers at this event.

We welcome all families and partners in reentry to our free conference to become better connected with local resources.

“Holley (D-Union): “This legislation is critically important as we move toward legalization of adult-use cannabis in New...
03/19/2019
Holley, McKnight & Wimberly on Bill Concerning Expungement of Certain Cannabis Offenses Continuing to Advance in Assembly - Insider NJ

“Holley (D-Union): “This legislation is critically important as we move toward legalization of adult-use cannabis in New Jersey. Without this bill, many residents would continue to be affected by the criminalization of small amounts ma*****na as a result of prior convictions long after the laws change. Broader regulation around expungement will give residents the opportunity to right the wrongs of the past and clean the slate, enabling them to gain employment and seize the opportunities life presents them.”

Holley, McKnight & Wimberly on Bill Concerning Expungement of Certain Cannabis Offenses Continuing to Advance in Assembly (TRENTON) – On legislation (A-4498) that would revise procedures for expunging records of conviction, which was advanced today by the Assembly Appropriations Committee, spon....

For most of the previously incarcerated & those with background issues that are eligible for  an expungement it is the b...
10/07/2018
Need your criminal record expunged? It just got a lot easier. Here's how it works

For most of the previously incarcerated & those with background issues that are eligible for an expungement it is the biggest hurdle they will face in order to put themselves and their families on the pathway to success.

Lawyers said that people who weren't eligible before are eager to get their records wiped clean

MCRTF met with Mayoral Candidate Reed Gusciora for Mayor of Trenton to discuss his vision of working with and on the beh...
06/08/2018

MCRTF met with Mayoral Candidate Reed Gusciora for Mayor of Trenton to discuss his vision of working with and on the behalf of individuals and families affected by reentry. We will be posting Mr. Gusciora's responses to questions shortly. We would sincerely like to thank the Assemblyman for sitting down with us this morning. Themes included accountability and leadership.

Whoever wins on Tuesday, the next mayor will need to understand the unique and prevalent challenges for the reentry population in Trenton. We look forward to starting the work on June 12th.

06/07/2018

The Task Force would like to thank Paul Perez-Barroso and his team (Darren Green and others) for sitting down and discussing their vision for the reentry population of Trenton. Topics included housing, employment, addiction, the importance of prevention, and better coordination with our neighboring municipalities in Mercer County. The election is six days away and we know these are precious hours for the candidates, so we appreciate Mr. Perez being so generous with his time.

Task Force representatives will meet with Mr. Gusciora on Friday morning.

Presentation from The College of NJ on how to knock down individuals face when returning home from incarceration.
05/02/2018

Presentation from The College of NJ on how to knock down individuals face when returning home from incarceration.

Thank you to The College of NJ and The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund for presenting at yesterday’s mon...
04/05/2018

Thank you to The College of NJ and The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund for presenting at yesterday’s monthly Mercer County Reentry Task Force meeting.

01/17/2018

Please note that today's meeting is cancelled due to inclement weather.

11/30/2017
Giving those on parole a job can lower crime rate | Editorial

This is a serious problem & it’s up to all of us to pitch in with a solution.

A proposed New Jersey law would establish a way for former inmates to put their hands on a document certifying them as employable, and make it easier to obtain work in the public sector or to obtain a professional license issued by the state.

11/20/2017
John Legend

A conversation that needs to continuously happen.

Ending mass incarceration in the U.S. begins in local jails. I'm with the MacArthur Foundation
and The Safety and Justice Challenge to learn how to #RethinkJails.

After this chat, join me in my new Facebook Group, FREEAMERICA, where we will continue to discuss how we can transform America’s criminal justice system: http://bit.ly/2AOulbK

REMINDER TO ALL EAST TRENTON RESIDENTS (NORTHWARD). Their are still a few slots open for the 3 part Expungement/Certific...
09/30/2017

REMINDER TO ALL EAST TRENTON RESIDENTS (NORTHWARD). Their are still a few slots open for the 3 part Expungement/Certificate of Rehabilitation Workshops starting tomorrow. If you have not already registered please show up by 11:45am to do so, NO EXCUSES.

Please share, a persons background should not determine their future.
09/18/2017

Please share, a persons background should not determine their future.

Please share.
09/14/2017

Please share.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, September 6 at 1:30pm. As always, 218 N. Broad St., Trenton, NJ, 2nd floor conference roo...
09/01/2017

Our next meeting is Wednesday, September 6 at 1:30pm. As always, 218 N. Broad St., Trenton, NJ, 2nd floor conference room. We hope to see you there.

07/25/2017

Thank you to everyone who attended our 3rd annual conference, and especially to our keynote speaker, panelists, sponsors, volunteers, and venue - Mercer County Community College.

Don't forget to register for this Saturday's 3rd annual Mercer County Reentry Conference! 11-3 at Mercer College. FREE t...
07/19/2017
3rd Annual Reentry Conference

Don't forget to register for this Saturday's 3rd annual Mercer County Reentry Conference! 11-3 at Mercer College. FREE to community members and professionals alike.

Mercer County Community College will be hosting the 3rd Annual Mercer County Reentry Conference at the James Kerney Campus (102 N. Broad St. Trenton, NJ 08608) from 11am to 4pm. The event will focus on challenges faced by those returning home from incarceration. Agenda 11:00 - Lunch and Registratio...

Please come on out & join us for our 3rd Annual Reentry Conference. Register at http://bit.ly/2slh5KM
06/27/2017

Please come on out & join us for our 3rd Annual Reentry Conference. Register at http://bit.ly/2slh5KM

06/19/2017

Task Force members,

Due to a family emergency of our keynote speaker, the 3rd annual Mercer County Reentry Conference (originally scheduled for this Saturday, June 24) is postponed until mid-July.

We will reach out as soon as we have finalized the new date with our speaker and venue.

We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you next month.

Sincerely,
Mercer County Reentry Task Force

Months after New Jersey passed bail reform, New Jersey's Attorney General has requested to include gun possession and ot...
04/24/2017
AG wants automatic jail time for gun cases under N.J. bail reform

Months after New Jersey passed bail reform, New Jersey's Attorney General has requested to include gun possession and other crimes on the list of offenses in which incarceration is automatically recommended. This move has lead to reactions from both public defenders as well as civil liberties advocates. Read the article for more information.

AG asks for tougher pre-trial rules for gun crimes, eluding. Defense attorneys say no way.

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017 The College of New Jersey will be hosting an expungement session from 3pm to 4pm at the Rosc...
04/03/2017

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017 The College of New Jersey will be hosting an expungement session from 3pm to 4pm at the Roscoe West building in Room 102. TCNJ alumni and NJ Supreme Court Certified Criminal and Civil Trial Attorney Matthew C. Dorsi, Esq. will speak about the effects of an arrest record and its impact on a persons personal and professional life as well as the timeline and process of "clearing a record". The flyer with the information is posted here.

With the knowledge that youth between the ages of 18-24 are still learning and growing emotionally, Connecticut Departme...
03/29/2017
Vera Institute of Justice

With the knowledge that youth between the ages of 18-24 are still learning and growing emotionally, Connecticut Department of Corrections alongside the Vera Institute have implemented a pilot program meant to change the culture of corrections. T.R.U.E is centered on the voices and experiences of those affected by incarceration the most - the incarcerated young adults and front line staff.

Over the past 9 months, Vera has been proud to partner with Connecticut Department of Corrections to design and implement a pilot program unit for incarcerated young adults 18 to 25.

Called T.R.U.E., it is a groundbreaking model that reimagines incarceration for young men aged 18-25—an age where neuroscience tells us young people are still developing in important ways and there is opportunity to ensure they develop into successful adults and community members.

This short documentary on reentry in New Orleans shows a quick glimpse at the challenges individuals have when returning...
03/03/2017
What Happens When a Prisoner Is Released?

This short documentary on reentry in New Orleans shows a quick glimpse at the challenges individuals have when returning home. It features Dianne Jones who heads one of the first re-entry programs to serve women in New Orleans.

A short documentary on the importance of re-entry programs for the formerly incarcerated

Researchers from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) in a new report argued that mass incarceration plays a major role i...
02/10/2017
How Mass Incarceration Contributes to the Achievement Gap

Researchers from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) in a new report argued that mass incarceration plays a major role in creating racial gaps in academic performance between black and white students. Leila Morsy, the report's co-author and a lecturer at the University of New South Wales stated that "making changes to criminal-justice policy can make as much, if not more, of a difference for children."

A new study shows that disproportionate imprisonment rates faced by people of color exacerbate race-based inequalities in educational attainment.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Chris Christie signs into law A-2106/S-2351 and A-2107/S-2350. Individuals experiencing homelessness may r...
01/11/2017
Chris Christie Signs 19 Bills Into Law, Including Domestic Violence Bill; Vetoes 2 Others

ANNOUNCEMENT: Chris Christie signs into law A-2106/S-2351 and A-2107/S-2350. Individuals experiencing homelessness may receive certified copies of birth certificates and non-driver ID cards WITHOUT FEE.

Requests must be submitted through a social worker/emergency shelter on organizational letterhead.

Note that, according to the bill language, the birth certificate provision is mandatory and takes effect immediately. The ID card provision is at the discretion of the MVC chief administrator and takes effect later this year.

Gov. Chris Christie signed 19 bills into law Monday, including legislation to prevent domestic violence, while vetoing two others.

Vera Institute of Justice
01/03/2017
Vera Institute of Justice

Vera Institute of Justice

The U.S. imprisonment rate dropped for the seventh straight year, reaching its lowest level since 1997.

Anti-Poverty Network of NJ (APN)
12/21/2016
Anti-Poverty Network of NJ (APN)

Anti-Poverty Network of NJ (APN)

Employability certificates: a new idea for helping people returning from prison to become employed and reduce recidivism. Thoughts?

On Monday, Gov. Chris Christie dealt a blow to civil liverties advocates in New Jersey by vetoing Senate bill No. 51 whi...
12/07/2016
Christie vetoes bill limiting solitary confinement in N.J. prisons

On Monday, Gov. Chris Christie dealt a blow to civil liverties advocates in New Jersey by vetoing Senate bill No. 51 which would have strictly limited the practice of solitary confinement. Read the article to find more information and Gov. Christie's response to the bill.

Advocates say veto is a setback for national movement to limit solitary in prisons.

10/06/2016

It has truly been a long & hard road but we are happy to announce that the Syringe Exchange Ordinance brought before Trenton City Council passed. This ordinance will help to provide so much needed help to Trentonians battling HIV along with other issues. Great job Drug Policy Alliance, Hyacinth Foundation, Mercer County Reentry Task Force, especially Alexandra Staropoli, Adams Sibley & Ryan Walter.

“We can spend all our time talking about and debating anti-poverty programs,” Yunk-Todd said, “But often it comes down t...
09/17/2016
No Driver's License, No Job

“We can spend all our time talking about and debating anti-poverty programs,” Yunk-Todd said, “But often it comes down to these policies that need to be fixed.”

For years, conservative policymakers have urged those in need to get work. But for those without driver’s licenses—who are by and large people of color—that’s not such an easy task.

06/29/2016

Please note that our monthly meeting scheduled for Wednesday July 6, 2016 has been cancelled. Please join us for our next monthly meeting on Wednesday September 7, 2016.

06/28/2016

Come Out & Share
A Listening Forum on Re Entry
June 30th 6-9pm - 65 Prospect Street Trenton, NJ 08618
For more information please call (609) 392-1224

The Integrated Justice Alliance in Conjunction with A Better Way Inc. hosts a conversation for families who actively visit love ones in correctional facilities throughout NJ and for those who are recently released from incarceration.

We will share information on past and current legislative activity regarding criminal justice reform and hear directly from you, to what degree you believe these laws have or are being implemented.

It is our hope to have several Listening Sessions throughout New Jersey in the near future to be able to continue to advocate for the implementation of laws already passed and to promote new policies as possible to improve the criminal justice system in NJ.
Please join us if you can..

Mr. Perry Shaw III, Executive Director, A Better Way Inc.
Ms. Cuqui Rivera, Administrative Chair, Integrated Justice Alliance

Address

218 N Broad St
Trenton, NJ
08608

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday 1am - 2pm
Sunday 1am - 2pm

Telephone

(609) 771-2754

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The Mercer County Reentry Task Force is holding their 5th Annual Reentry Conference on Saturday, June 26 from 11 am to 1:30 pm. Isles' Youth Services and Outreach Manager Stacy Heading will be moderating a discussion panel about youth incarceration, community violence and trauma. In addition, Isles' Chief Operating Officer John Hart will be a keynote speaker at the event. The conference is free but advanced registration is required. See the post below for more details, and register at https://tcnj.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZWERMi0gRbG6Y5bo5im4nw.