The Rikers Island Reentry Project

The Rikers Island Reentry Project provides advice and legal representation to prisoners who are scheduled to be released shortly and require legal counsel to access housing, government benefits, family law assistance, and other assistance. Maintenance of their homes and economic benefits while incarcerated for a limited period of time will enable former inmates to reintegrate into the community and with their families with as little disruption as possible, reducing the likelihood of repeat offenses. Volunteer lawyers, working with experienced housing, benefits, and family law counsel, will have the opportunity to conduct client interviews, engage in fact investigation and administrative advocacy, prepare legal documents, and provide representation in administrative and judicial forums.