Envisioning a First Chance SocietySM
Supporting a second chance society with first chance opportunities
Our mission is to lead in the development and delivery of effective solutions that empower individuals and strengthen families impacted by the criminal justice system.
Unprecedented numbers of people are involved in the criminal justice system. There are over 12,000 Returning Citizens released from prison each year in Connecticut. Most of them face challenges managing the most basic ingredients for successful reintegration into society. This includes finding employment and housing, reconnecting with their families and communities, and accessing substance abuse and behavioral health services.
Healthy Supportive Communities Free from Crime and Violence
Strong Resilient Individuals and Family/Relational Systems
To Create Social Innovation
To Develop and Operate Effective Programs
To Inform Policy and Practice with Sound Research
To Provide Education and Advocacy
Core Operating Values
Our values are C.L.E.A.R.:
Clients – We justify our existence by serving our clients well.
Leadership – We lead with integrity.
Excellence – We strive to be the best in everything we do.
Accountability – We are accountable for our actions.
Respect – We respect all individuals and value diversity.
Breaking the Intergenerational Cycle of Crime, Abuse and Incarceration
Give Voice to Experience of Returning Citizens and Their Families
Empower Individuals as Productive and Responsible Citizens
Strengthen Families, Build Community
Increase Public Safety
Decrease Financial and Social Costs and Consequences
Connecticut Budget Stalemate Makes State’s Bad Inequities Worse By Jim Schaffer Reposted from San Francisco Chronicle (Associated Press) and the Connecticut Mirror, October 15, 2017 Although not in the national news as much as some states, Connecticut faces many...read more
Babz Rawls-Ivy is the editor of the Inner-City News, the host of daily WNHH FM’s “LoveBabz LoveTalk,” and a frequent guest on WNHH shows. Jeff Grant is the executive director of Family ReEntry, a social service organization in Bridgeport working with people who have...read more
The Business Crisis of Opiates By Tim Askew CEO of Corporate Rain International The first paragraph of Scott Peck's book The Road Less Traveled says simply, "Life is difficult." That's certainly true. For the Buddha suffering was...read more
Criminal Justice Insider Radio with Babz Rawls Ivy and Jeff Grant. Starting Wednesday, Oct. 4th, 9 am. Please tune in if you are in the New Haven area WNHH 103.5 FM New Haven or livestream:...read more
Reprinted from CT Post, Sept. 28, 2017 Thursday’s opening of a new business in the South End of Bridgeport was marked by second chances — for a building that’s been vacant for 17 years, for the recycled materials that will come from the facility and, most importantly,...read more
Bridgeport, CT -- (September 25, 2017) -- The Board of Directors of Family ReEntry, a nonprofit leader that assists families affected by the criminal justice system, today announced the unanimous election of Christian Morris as its new Board Chairperson. Morris takes...read more
Congratulations to Family ReEntry's Board Chair Ronda Muir on the publication of her book, "Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence." It's the first comprehensive guide to understanding, using and raising emotional intelligence in the unique context of...read more
Reprinted from the Hartford Courant, August 2, 2017 As the executive director of Family ReEntry, a Connecticut criminal justice nonprofit, and as a formerly incarcerated person myself, I am greatly concerned about the state legislature's inability/unwillingness to...read more
Family ReEntry at the CT Nonprofit Alliance Press Conference, Tues., Aug. 1, 2017. Family ReEntry was asked to present on behalf of Connecticut criminal justice nonprofits at a press conference organized by the CT Nonprofit Alliance. Legislative Office Building,...read more
Family ReEntry and Fairfield County LOOK Team to Bring Criminal Justice Awareness to Greenwich Polo on August 27th
August 27 Family ReEntry & Fairfield County LOOK to Bring Criminal Justice Awareness to Greenwich Polo --- Sunday, August 27th 1 – 5 pm Greenwich Polo Club One Hurlingham Drive, Greenwich, CT --- [button...read more
Congratulations to Family ReEntry Directors Tony Corso and Fred Hodges for your contributions to the Alliance's video explaining the efficiency, effectiveness and cost savings that Connecticut nonprofits provide. Fred has major screen time in this ad. We urge all to...read more