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Legislature Approves Contract for Reentry Services

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Legislature, by unanimous vote, authorized the contract with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCE) to provide coordinated reentry services for inmates of the Tompkins County Jail. The action authorizes County Administrator Joe Mareane to execute the one-year contract with CCE, to take effect as of September 7th.

The program is a critical element of the Tompkins County Reentry Plan, developed by the County’s Criminal Justrice/Alternatives to Incarceration Board (CJATI) to reduce recidivism rates, reducing the jail population over time. The Legislature, as part of the 2016 budget, appropriated $100,000 in ongoing funding to support the reentry program—approximately $75,000 for reentry coordination and grant-writing services (to seek outside funding to support reentry), and approximately $25,000 to expand educational programming at the Probation Department’s Day Reporting Center through existing contracts.

Davi Mozie, who will serve as one of two Reentry Program co-coordinators, comes to the program with more than a decade of criminal justice experience developing and managing reentry services for the State of Delaware. She told Legislators she is grateful and excited to be part of the ground-level work of this program, and to work to help the people who are using the County’s services and getting at some of the root causes of why people are returning to prison and jail.