Think Outside the Cell Foundation!

This organization offers  a  wide range of programs for the incarcerated, the formerly incarcerated and their loved ones—from publishing their writings and providing scholarships to sponsoring events that support successful reintegration.

Re-Entry Success Stories

The purpose of this website is to illustrate “Re-Entry Success Stories” because the media concentrates most often on the negative stories of repeat offenders or career criminals.

Interfaith Coalition of Advocates for Reentry and Employment

The Interfaith Coalition of Advocates for Reentry and Employment (ICARE) was founded in October 2004 to organize a religious response to the crisis of recidivism in New York State. In the Restorative Justice tradition, people of faith affirm the intellectual and spiritual capacity of persons with criminal convictions, believing in the potential for rehabilitation and reconciliation.

Enforcement Guidance

This Document is an explanation of the laws regarding the use of arrest and conviction records in employment decisions as defined under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The Job Search

This publication is a step-by-step guide to obtaining employment after incarceration

Workforce One

Workforce3 One is an e-learning, knowledge sharing webspace that offers workforce professionals, employers, economic development, and education professionals a dynamic network featuring innovative workforce solutions. Online learning events, resource information, and tools help organizations learn how to develop strategies that enable individuals and businesses to be successful in the 21st century economy

National HIRE Network

Established by the Legal Action Center, the National Helping Individuals with criminal records Re-enter through Employment Network is both a national clearinghouse for information and an advocate for policy change. The goal of the National H.I.R.E. Network is to increase the number and quality of job opportunities available to people with criminal records by changing public policies, employment practices and public opinion. The National H.I.R.E. Network also provides training and technical assistance to agencies working to improve the employment prospects for people with criminal records.

Idea Cafe

A resource site for entrepreneurs. Find ideas for starting a business, marketing, financing, grants, etc.

Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP)

Established in 2004, the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) is a Houston-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. They’re pioneers of innovative programs that connect the nation’s top executives, MBA students and politicians with convicted felons. Our entrepreneurship boot camp and re-entry programs are proven solutions for reformed inmates who thrive on challenge and accountability.

Eastern New York Angels 

ENYA’s primary goal is to provide seed funding and mentorship to early stage companies while creating jobs in the Eastern Region of New York State commonly known as Tech Valley and delivering a reasonable return on investment for its members


Transition Guide: How to get a good start on the outside

This publication discusses re-entry issues including: finding housing, access food, medical needs, and obtaining documentation such as identification cards, social security cards, and birth certificates.

Offender Reentry Annotated Bibliography 

Published by the National Institute of Corrections, this publication provides information on reentry resources including websites, employment, housing, and community organizations.

Loss and Restoration of Civil Rights

Provides summaries of collateral consequences of conviction and restoration of rights based on State laws and jurisdictions.

Resource Guides

For Albany: 

“On Your Own” 

Center for Law and Justice,Pine West Plaza, Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12205

For New York City:

“Connections/ The Job Search”

The New York Public Library, Institutional Library Service, 455 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016

“Coming Home”

The Harlem Community Justice Center, 170 East 121st Street, New York, NY 10035

“Reentry Resource Directory”

S.O.S. Crown Heights, 229 Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213

For Ulster County:

“Coming Back”

Restorative Justice Group of the Social Action Committee 320 Sawkill Road, Kingston, NY 12401

For the Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam or Ulster Counties:


Mid-Hudson Library System, Outreach Services Department, 103 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

For Ontario/Wayne Counties and Livingston/Wyoming Counties

“Community Connections”

Outreach Department, Pioneer Library System, 2557 State Route 21, Canandaigua, NY 14424

For Westchester County

“Westchester Connections”

P.O. Box 102, Katonah, NY 10536

For Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga and Tompkins Counties

“Finding Your Way”

Outreach Department, Finger Lakes Library System 119 E. Green St., Ithaca, NY 14850

(607) 273-4074, x228

For the Rochester area:

“Making Moves”

Extension Department, Monroe County Library System, 115 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604

For Erie County


Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Extension Services, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203

Additional Online Resources