According to 2013 Drug Policy Alliance research, approximately 15,000 people are incarcerated at any given time in the New Jersey County Jail System; nearly half are under the age of 30. Low-income and minority communities are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system – 71% are Black or Hispanic.
Over 10,000 people were released from New Jersey county jails in 2013. There is an urgent need for structured assistance to help the formerly incarcerated reintegrate into society and avoid being re-incarcerated. Successful re-entry is critical for the individuals released, for the well-being of their families, and for community health and safety. Successful re-entry programs are a cost-effective alternative to additional jail time, and promote a more positive outcome for individuals, families and communities.