Thomas Edison State University
Log Number: LG-17-19-0082-19
New Jersey State Library and partners, New Jersey State Parole Board, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Long Branch (NJ) Public Library, and Free Library of Philadelphia propose a two-year project for public libraries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, in collaboration with other government and nonprofit organizations, to provide services to citizens returning to their communities after being paroled or after completing their prison terms. The project will develop a process model and a toolkit of best practices for libraries to collaboratively assist local communities and their returning citizens with the reentry process. An Advisory Committee, including public library staff with experience helping returning citizens in San Francisco, Denver, and Washington, D.C., will inform and monitor the project.