Envisioning a First Chance Society SM


Supporting a second chance society with first chance opportunities



Envisioning a First Chance SocietySM


Supporting a second chance society with first chance opportunities


Family ReEntry SM is:

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.

The Problem

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.

Our Vision

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.


Intended Impact

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


Family ReEntry’s 2016-17 Annual Appeal

The Problem Even as the Connecticut government is closing prisons and reducing the prison population to the lowest level since the 1970s – a good thing – the fiscal crisis has caused it to terminate the funding for and close EVERY community-based nonresidential...

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Family ReEntry Announces New Board Members

Bragg, Light and Morris Elected to Board Bridgeport, CT - (May 22, 2017) -- Family ReEntry, a nonprofit leader that assists families affected by the criminal justice system, today announced the appointment of three key new board members, who will help guide the...

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Correcting Corrections in Connecticut

By Steve Hawkins -- NB: This is part of a series of interviews conducted by Steve Hawkins, president of the Coalition for Public Safety, featuring individuals taking the initiative to change the justice system within their sphere of influence. How deeply should brain...

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The Art of Surviving Prison

The Nantucket Project -- Jeff Grant is a minister, activist, social ethicist and author. As Director of the Progressive Prison Project in Greenwich, and Assoc. Minister/Director of Prison Ministries of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport Connecticut, Jeff is...

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What does it mean to be a father?

Composed by Fathers for Change client and IPV-FAIR Clinician Sonya Klein --   What does it mean to be a father? It means everything... I’m only here because I need to know they are okay Fathers... Console their kids Make sure their needs are met Show them how to...

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Workshop at the CMCA Reentry Conference

We Will Be Leading a Workshop at the CMCA Reentry Conference, Fri., May 5, 2017, 1:30 pm. Please join us in Philadelphia as Jeffrey Abramowitz and I will be leading "You Got to Have Faith: An Inside Look at Reentry" at the 5th Annual Correctional Ministries and...

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Envisioning a First Chance Society

by Jeff Grant, JD, M Div & Sarah Diamond, PhD --   "Supporting a Second Chance Society with First Chance Opportunities" Last fall, the Directors of Family ReEntry viewed a TED Talk by Dan Pallotta titled, "The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong."  In...

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PORTALS… walk through the internet – engage the world

Coming Soon: Connecticut Prison Portals -- Portals are gold spaces equipped with immersive audiovisual technology. When you enter a Portal, you come face-to-face with someone in a distant Portal and can converse live and full-body, as if in the same room. For more...

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Blue Coupe Rocks for Family ReEntry

Fairfield CT - (April 17, 2017) -- Blue Coupe, with some help of the talented young musicians from School of Rock (Fairfield) as the Opening Act, rocked the FTC Warehouse on Thursday night in support of Family ReEntry, a nonprofit leader that assists families affected...

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