Press Release — Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno attends walk through of new Hudson County Community Resource Center for parolees

 

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Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno attends walk through of new Hudson County Community Resource Center for parolees

Jersey City, New Jersey – Lt. Governor of New Jersey Kim Guadagno gave remarks at the walk through ceremony for the new facility for parolees in Hudson County, the Sacred Heart Community Resource Center (CRC). The CRC, which is located in the renovated Dominion Priory of the Sacred Heart Church at 183 Bayview Avenue, was launched in partnership with the New Jersey State Parole Board (NJSPB), the Jersey City Employment and Training Program (JCETP), and Integrity House, an addiction and mental health treatment center.

The event was hosted by JCETP Executive Director Jim McGreevey. Also in attendance and delivering remarks were Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Hudson County Executive Thomas A. Degise, and (NJSPB) Chairman James T. Plousis. A tour of the newly renovated facility was conducted after remarks had concluded around 2 PM.

The new Community Resource Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) to be known as “The Sacred Heart Community Resource Center” will replace the current CRC at 2835 John F. Kennedy Blvd in Jersey City.
The Sacred Heart Community Resource Center will provide services to parolees, including addiction treatment though Integrity House, legal assistance, registration with a Federally Qualified Health Center, essential workforce skills, cognitive behavioral therapy based Motivational Interviewing, building trades apprenticeship programs, resume workshops, conflict resolution exercises, conversational skills, anger management and stress reduction techniques, and more.

The NJSPB awarded the contract for $4.2M over three years because of the proven success reducing recidivism and increasing employment that JCETP, led by Governor McGreevey, has previously demonstrated working with similar populations. JCETP initiatives have been commended by the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance which awarded JCETP the “gold standard” in prisoner reentry work. The National Institute of Justice has recognized JCETP as being “at the forefront of the reentry field.”

The 2014 Warming Shelter initiative administered by JCETP not only provided warm shelter, meals and showers to the homeless, it also saved the DOC $230K. “Frequent Flyer” inmates, who purposely seek wintertime incarceration for survival, were redirected through the Warming Shelter, reducing recidivism and saving the DOC money.

CRCs have historically proven themselves to be ineffective at reducing recidivism. The National Institute of Justice (2011)1 reported that the majority of Community Resource Centers or “Day Reporting Centers” in New Jersey are ineffective at improving outcomes for their client parolee client base. The NIJ report found that day reporting centers did not have better results than traditional parole programs and in fact “treatment effects were significantly worse.”

The NIJ based its findings on a 2011 report published by Dr. Douglas Boyle of the Violence Institute of New Jersey at Rutgers University. Dr. Boyle’s research team conducted a randomized trial of New Jersey CRCs and found that the existing CRCs in New Jersey led to parolees offending over 100 days sooner than those we were not assigned to a CRC.
In conversation with JCETP, Dr. Boyle explained that the poor results of many CRCs could be related to a conflict of interest within the multi-national corrections corporations who own the majority of New Jersey CRCs.

“Corporations by definition, their goal, and I studied corporate law and I know corporate law, their goal is to maximize profits. So conspiracy or not there’s something a lot of people refer to as a prison industrial complex and I include in that community corrections as well.”
Dr. Boyle elaborated, “here a corporation is just doing what a corporation normally does, and that’s why I don’t think they’re suited to run these kinds of operations. They should be not-for-profit operations.”

The Sacred Heart CRC’s unique combination of addiction treatment, legal aid services, and employment training and placement makes the non-profit unique amongst the field of reentry programs in New Jersey. The CRC will begin delivering services in September, serving up to sixty parolees at a time.

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Jersey City Employment and Training Program (JCETP) Sponsoring Open House Recruitment Session Held by RGIS, World’s Largest Inventory Service

 

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Jersey City Employment and Training Program (JCETP) Sponsoring Open House Recruitment Session Held by RGIS, World’s Largest Inventory Service

Jersey City Employment and Training Program (JCETP) will sponsor a recruitment session on Thursday, held by RGIS, the world’s largest inventory service. RGIS has immediate openings for part-time hourly inventory takers for local and major retailers throughout northern New Jersey and surrounding communities.

JCETP is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that provides employment workshops and outreach services. The RGIS recruitment session is open to all, including current clients of the JCETP program. RGIS is an equal opportunity employer with over 20,000 employees in more than 170 offices around the United States.

The reentry population served by JCETP has a job attainment rate of 60% and the program has been recognized by the National Institute of Justice “as being at the forefront of the reentry field.” Thursday’s open house will provide recruitment services for all who are in attendance regardless of court involvement.

RGIS’s employment opportunities start at $9.25/hr. Employees are also offered flexible schedules, paid training, a health plan after 90 days, shopping discounts, and advancement opportunities. Positions are available for regular, part-time work.

Job seekers must be 18 years or older, have access to reliable transportation, and are asked to bring their Social Security Card, photo I.D. and resume to the event. Applicants are requested to RSVP for the event at http://bit.ly/RGIShiringJC

The Recruitment Session will take place Thursday, June 11 at 10 am, and it will be held atThe Mary McLeod Bethune Center. 140 Martin Luther King Dr., Jersey City, New Jersey.

 

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JCETP Hosting Cocktail Reception for the Hudson TDL Training Program with Mayor Fulop and Goldman Sachs’ Charles Bouckaert

 

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Jersey City Employment and Training Program (JCETP) Hosting Cocktail Reception for the Hudson TDL Training Program with Mayor Fulop and Goldman Sachs’ Charles Bouckaert

      The Hon. Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey, and Charles   Bouckaert to speak at launch of new Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL) initiative, which will increase access to entry and middle-skill jobs in the TDL sector. Transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) are vital to the US economy and adapting the workforce to meet emerging TDL needs will be crucial for economic growth in New Jersey and nationally. Funded by a $3 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, the project will strengthen and expand training in Hudson County for careers in automotive repair and forklift maintenance and operations, logistics and warehouse management, AutoCAD and other occupations.   The grant is part of the Walmart Foundation’s $100 million commitment over five years to support programs that help increase the economic mobility for entry-level workers to advance their careers, in order to promote a stronger workforce.

What:             A Cocktail Reception for the Hudson TDL Training Program. The Hon. Steven M. Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey, will provide welcome remarks. The Keynote Speaker will be Charles Bouckaert, Managing Director in Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division, providing his industry outlook on the TDL sector. Information will also be made available about the Hudson TDL Program, anew, free training program, developed by the Jersey City Employment and   Training Program, the Hudson County Workforce Investment Board, the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation in partnership with the Logistics Center at New Jersey City University (NJCU), which will assist in meeting the demandfor trained workers in warehouse management, logistics, and internet fulfillment.

When:             Thursday, June 11, 4:00pm – 6:00pm.

Where:           The Logistics Center at NJCU, 285 West Side Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07305

Who:               Hon. Mayor Steven M. Fulop of Jersey City

Charles Bouckaert, Managing Director of Investment Banking Division, Goldman Sachs

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One Week Out to Reentry Conference!

Re-Entry Conference 20140417Dear Friend,

Thank you for joining with us at our Reentry Conference next week. During this Holy Season of Passover and Easter, we are reminded that the meaning of life can be discovered in ancient truths and narratives.

Exodus tells the Biblical story of the Israelites journey from slavery to freedom. For many of our clients, the story resonates deeply, as they move from the slavery of addiction and imprisonment to a healthier sense of self and the freedom to make godly decisions. The Easter narrative describes Jesus’ rejection of Rome’s temporal rule and authority and his profound acceptance of the will of God in his life.

Our conference this year focuses upon the “Prisoner’s Story.” What are the influences that bring one to jail and prison? How does incarceration effect a person, their sense of self, family, and community? What is our hope to assist persons to return to productive living? And, lastly, with Mayor Fulop’s leadership, how are we spreading the message and practice of our experience at Martin’s Place here on MLK, Jersey City throughout our state?

We have a full day with many great speakers, World Champion Mike Tyson, former NY Times journalist Chris Hedges, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, medical doctors, and a very funny one man show about prison life entitled “Bullpen”, which the NY Times described as “extremely funny.”

Most importantly, we have you! Your participation, showing up next Thursday, and frankly giving a damn for “the least of these” will help change their lives and make for a better community and a better America.

So, thank you for coming next Thursday to St. Peter’s, thank you for your witness to the hope of second chances, and thank you for helping each of us become what God calls us to be.

See you next week, fondly,

Jim

2nd Annual Prisoner Reentry Conference