Our History

Family Reentry’s mission is to break cycles of violence, crime and incarceration by providing client-centered interventions and support services to empower and strengthen individuals, families and communities.

Family Reentry (FRE) began in 1984, as a reentry support group for men at the Isaiah House in Bridgeport and has since grown to include intervention, reentry, and family and children programs. Over the past forty years, effective community-based programs developed by FRE have significantly reduced the likelihood that clients will re-offend, be re-arrested, or be re-incarcerated. Our programs comprise three integrated sectors: Prevention, Intervention, and Reentry, providing a spectrum of services designed to help break the cycle of incarceration.
In August of 2020, CRJ announced the acquisition of Family Reentry. Since the merger, Family Reentry has been able to expand its service model to include behavioral health, opening two clinics in New Haven and London. In 2024, a recovery center will be added to Family Reentry’s support services.
FRE addresses the specific needs of each client and their families through individualized case management and support services. It works to create a positive social network for each client, towards helping to make their transition from prison back into the community a successful one and helping them towards a road of self-sufficiency, while strengthening their families and the community. FRE’s programs include: Domestic Violence Treatment and Education, Community Reentry, Mentoring Programs, Behavioral Health, and Intensive Outpatient Programs.
Family Reentry’s programs operate in strategic locations that encompass eight municipal regions and judicial geographic areas, two parole districts and five prisons.  Approximately, sixty-percent of those we serve are from greater Bridgeport – Connecticut’s largest city.  Offices are located in Bridgeport, Norwalk, New London, and New Haven.  Programs are also located in Waterbury and Norwich.