A brief reference guide to resources for incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and other people in transition in the Rochester area.
General Reentry ResourcesLocal Reentry Organizations/ResourcesGeneral Employment ResourcesEducational ResourcesCrisis, Food, Financial, and Medical Insurance ResourcesLegal ResourcesVeterans ServicesOther ResourcesWhat have we missed?
General Reentry Resources
- The Prime Objective: a NYS Dept. of Labor Job Seeking Guide for Those Impacted by Incarceration Even if getting a job isn’t your top priority, this document contains useful information about:
- Basic needs and potential NYS Benefit assistance
- Securing important identification documents
- Certificates of Rehabilitation
- Getting and correcting your RAP Sheet
- Your rights, and much more!
- NYS DOL Reentry Toolkit
- NYS DOL Federal Bonding program
- A Self-Help Guide to Parole Preparation in New York State
The Legal Action Center’s “Resources” webpage contains helpful information that can be filtered by many different topic areas, including Alternatives to Incarceration and Reentry. May we recommend:
- How to Gather Evidence of Rehabilitation
- Crafting an Effective Personal Statement
- Applying for Jobs in New York: Legal Protections for People with Arrest and Conviction Records
- Your New York State Rap Sheet: A Guide to Getting, Understanding & Correcting Your Criminal Record
- Virtual Rap Sheet Workshop
- Certificates of Relief from Disabilities & Certificates of Good Conduct
- Lowering Criminal Record Barriers: Certificates of Relief/Good Conduct and Record Sealing
- Applications for Certificate of Relief/Good Conducts
- Criminal Records and Employment: Protecting Yourself from Discrimination
- How to Recognize and Address Discrimination
- Know Your Voting Rights
Local Reentry Organizations/Resources
- Delphi Rise Reentry
- Judicial Process Commission
- Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach
- LAWNY: Getting a Copy of Your Rap Sheet and Cleaning Up Mistakes
- Center for Employment Opportunities
- Pathstone Employment Focused Services
General Employment Resources
- RochesterWorks! and RochesterWorks! Virtual Career Center
- NYS DOL Career Development. Scroll down on this site! It has great resources about Resumes, Cover Letters and Job Applications, Job Search and Networking, Interviewing, and more.
- NYSDOL Earn While You Learn Apprenticeship program
- Job Seekers Toolkit – Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County
- Business Insight Center – Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County
- NYS Education Department ACCES-VR (Vocational Rehabilitation)
- OACES – Office of Adult and Career Education Services, Rochester City School District
- Literacy Rochester: Instructional Services and Digital Literacy
- Rochester Educational Opportunity Center
- The TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion
- Find a High School Equivalency Test Center Near You
- NYS Adult Career & Continuing Education Services
- NYS Excelsior Scholarship Program
- Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County: Digital Technology Classes
- Northstar Digital Literacy: scroll down for free assessments that measure your current computer, software, and technology skills.
Crisis, Food, Financial, and Medical Insurance Resources
- 211/LIFE LINE: information and referral for human services and crisis/suicide prevention services in Monroe, Wayne, Cayuga, Ontario, Livingston, and Seneca Counties.
- Emergency Food Resources (Food Link)
- Am I Eligible for NYS Benefits – food stamps, financial assistance, etc.?
- Public Financial Assistance in Monroe County
- Do you or your family need help obtaining health insurance? Check out LawNY, CCSI, and Lifespan.
- Lifeline Phone Bill discount service
- Legal Assistance of Western New York (LAWNY)
- Empire Justice
- LawHelpNY: Online tool for helping low-income New Yorkers solve their legal problems. If you have a criminal record, click here.
- Reentry Resource Center: New York
- Veterans Outreach Center
- NYSDOL Veterans Services
- Monroe County Veterans Service Agency
- New York State Division of Veterans’ Services
- US Department of Veterans Affairs