The Connection, one of Connecticut’s largest nonprofit human service and community development agencies, today announced The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) honored the Re-Entry Assisted Community Housing (REACH) program with its Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award for the Northeast Region in recognition of their work in reducing recidivism. The award is given out annually to five criminal justice programs that merit recognition for providing effective services to address crime-related issues in their communities. This year’s awards were given out at the National Forum on Criminal Justice on August 9th, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Re-Entry Assisted Community Housing (REACH) program reduces recidivism by providing transitional housing and case management services to high-risk individuals transitioning into the community from the correctional system. It is designed to address the needs of individuals in the correctional system who are eligible for parole or probation, but unable to locate appropriate housing. The intent of the program is to assist individuals in successfully re-entering the community and provide the supports necessary for independent living. REACH provides scattered site apartments that are subsidized based on the tenant’s income. Participants are provided with intensive case management and have an estimated length of stay of four to six months.
About the National Criminal Justice Association
Based in Washington, D.C., the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) is a national voice in shaping and implementing criminal justice policy. As the representative of state, tribal and local criminal and juvenile justice practitioners, the NCJA works to promote a balanced approach to communities’ complex public safety and criminal and juvenile justice system problems. For more information about the National Criminal Justice Association, please visit http://www.ncja.org. To learn more about the NCJA Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Awards and to see previous winners visit http://ncja.org/outstanding-criminal-justice-program-awards.