in New York City
helpNYC believes regardless of a person's experience with the criminal justice system in New York City, they deserve to be heard, treated fairly, and have every possibility to recover and thrive. A history of experience with the criminal justice system does not negate the opportunity for growth or ability to recover and live a productive, engaged, and full life.
helpNYC has collected the following resources for those who have experience with the criminal justice system to help them in their recovery and reentry to society.
Good Call provides a 24/7 arrest support hotline that prevents individuals from having their rights violated because they can't afford a private lawyer when they are arrested.
Provides legal representation once an arrest happens to ensure initial rights are not violated.
Provides legal support in evoking rights at the time of arrest.
Will assist in a case transfer to a public defender or private attorney for arraignment.
Those who are arrested in New York City boroughs of The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island regardless of residency.
Self or family member referrals only.
A Criminal arrest in New York City
First 72 hours of legal representation only.
The Housing Works Justice Initiatives Program is a collaboration between Housing Works Inc. and the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) to provide comprehensive, holistic pre-release and post-release reentry services to individuals returning to the five borough communities following incarceration.
Identification and Document retrieval
Benefits Access and Recertification
Referrals to Health & Wellness Programs
Vocational Training, Mentoring, and Placement
Contact with the criminal justice or legal system in the last five years.
Self, program, or attorney referral
18 years of age or older
Released from Rikers Island or a New York State Correctional Facility.
Must be engaged with case management and health services within Housing Works after enrollment.
Alternatives to Incarceration
The Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) Program is a collaboration between Housing Works Inc. and the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) to provide jail-bound individuals 18 years of age and
older with court-mandated comprehensive, holistic behavioral health services through Brooklyn and Manhattan Criminal and Supreme Courts. The behavioral health services are provided through Housing Works Inc. Article 28 OASAS clinics.
18 years of age and older
Program participant must be in pre-trial, pre-plea, or post-disposition
Attorney must make referral, no self-refferals accepted.
Open Cases in Brooklyn or Manhattan or reside in Brooklyn or Manhattan and have cases in other boroughs.
Sex offense cannot be the top charge.