This online Directory is a compilation of services available to previously incarcerated citizens returning to or living in communities in Greater Boston. The Directory presents important information for returning citizens, corrections practitioners and policymakers, as well as those with an interest in accessing services for returning citizens, including their families and friends, volunteers and other service providers. This directory is presented by Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) at Community Resources for Justice (CRJ).
What is the Purpose of the Directory?
The purpose of the Directory is to assist returning citizens, their families, service providers and local agencies in helping returning citizens improve their chances of success in the community by connecting them to services important for stability and success.
The transition of individuals from incarceration to the community is a difficult time for returning citizens and this transition affects their families and the communities to which they return. The needs of the population returning from prison or jail can present significant obstacles to achieving stability. Yet, there are many services and agencies in these communities that provide the type of assistance that can mean the difference between a returning citizen's success and a return to prison or jail. This effort is intended to identify and describe these services and distribute this information to as broad an audience as possible.
Who is the Directory for?
The Directory is primarily intended to benefit the following people and groups:
- Returning Citizens
- Families and friends of returning citizens
- Service providers
- Corrections practitioners
- State and local agencies that provide services to people including returning citizens
- Policymakers interested in criminal justice and social service systems
- Researchers examining the services available to returning citizens in Massachusetts
In addition to this website, a hard-copy version of the Directory is printed annually and is available in limited numbers on a first-come, first-served basis from the Crime and Justice Institute (CJI), the manager of this project. Due to resource limitations, we are unable to fulfill all individual requests and we strongly encourage users to access the online version of the Directory as it also contains the most up-to-date information. To request a printed version, please go to the "Documents" tab above and mail or fax a request form to Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) at Community Resources for Justice. Read more about our organization by clicking the "About Us" tab at the top of this page.
The agencies listed on this website are not the only resources available. We have tried to include all appropriate agencies and organizations; however, some information may prove to be missing.
It is our intent to expand this list as more information is made available. To do this, we rely on the community of providers and users to assist us in maintaining accurate and relevant information. If you recognize inaccuracies about a service or agency on this website, or if you know of or are part of an agency you think should be included, please notify the editors. Update requests can be submitted via email or fax by submitting a completed "Agency Update/Addition" form. This form can be found on the website by visiting the Documents webpage. The website is updated as quickly as possible and includes the most recent information available. The printed version of the Directory is updated annually.
The Directory is designed to connect people to services. The information on the website and in the printed version of the Directory for each organization has been provided by the service provider or from the organization's website. The editors cannot and do not vouch for the accuracy or quality of the services available.