Highlights of Our Impact and Services

Through your generous support and the backing of our governmental and institutional funders, the Osborne Association continues to work for systemic reforms while we provide opportunities for people to reunite with their families, continue their education, connect to meaningful employment, and rebuild their lives after incarceration. As we continue to analyze our impact in this new year, we will update you on our newest initiatives including the redevelopment of the former Fulton Correctional Facility into a community reentry center and our Elder Reentry Initiative to provide comprehensive support for aging people as they return home from NY jails and prisons.


 

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More than 215 staff from our 3 community sites in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Newburgh work at every point of the continuum, from arrest and pre-entry, through jail and prison, to reentry, including children and families affected by crime and the criminal justice system.

Reaching nearly 10,000 people each year with services offered at 9 NYC jails and 22 NY State prisons, Osborne has the largest presence and longest experience combining community-based services with work inside correctional facilities of any service provider in the state.

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ADOPTING HEALTHY LIFESTYLES

  • 98% of individuals completing Project START—a 6-session harm reduction intervention were successfully connected to medical care in the community, obtained safe housing, reduced risky behaviors, and adheredto medical treatment.
  • Our Wellness and Prevention services assisted 2,046 people in receiving HIV & HCV prevention and intervention services, developing skills to avoid high risk behaviors, and increasing their awareness and knowledge of disease management.
  • 729 HIV tests were administered in 5 prison facilities, equipping participants with increased awareness and knowledge of health status.
  • 88% of participants placed in housing were relapse-free, complied with their treatment plans, and retained housing at one year.

 

RECONNECTING FAMILIES

  • Children made 3,369 visits through our Family Centers, which are child-friendly spaces in prison visiting rooms for parents and their children to meet, and are maintained by our FamilyWorks program.
  • 94% of parenting education participants reported improved relationship skills with their families as a result of training.
  • 349 mothers, fathers, and family members participated in parenting education in prison or jail
  • 193 Skype-like calls, connecting children to their incarcerated parent and allowing for opportunities to strengthen their relationship, were made possible through our  Video Visiting program.

 

REDUCING RELIANCE ON INCARCERATION

  • In FY16 NYC expanded the size of the I-CAN program allowing us to serve triple the number of people returning to the community.
  • 1,346 I-CAN Participants (the Individualized Corrections Achievement Network) received discharge planning services on Rikers Island including employment readiness, life skills, substance use and mental health treatment, parenting and housing placement in FY15.
  • 226 participants received case resolutions that resulted in reduced jail/prison time through our Court Advocacy Services.
  • Osborne’s Court Advocacy Services reduced participants’ sentences by up to 1,170 years.

 

ACHIEVING ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE

  • Osborne’s Workforce Development Participants were placed in employment at an average wage of $14.28.
  • Osborne was the only NY organization awarded a Training to Work grant from the US Dept. of Labor to provide employment, training, and support services to formerly incarcerated adults returning to their communities.  We were also the only NY organization awarded a ReFORM grant from the US Dept. of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families to expand our community-based parenting, employment, and healthy relationships services for fathers in reentry and their families in NYC.
  • 146 OSHA 10 construction training certificates were earned by Osborne Workforce Development participants, setting them on a path to employment.
  • 84 people maintained employment with our Janitorial Maintenance Services social enterprise at a starting wage of $18 per hour.

 

STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES

  • 86 young adults in the Bronx established relationships with mentors.
  • Youth advocacy efforts helped to yield legislative wins including law enforcement protocol changes to minimize the trauma experienced by children at the time of their parent’s arrest.
  • More than 30 service learning projects in the Bronx area benefitted communities and increased participants’ job readiness skills.
  • 52 young people participated in leadership development, advocacy and recreational programming.
  • Innovation at the Intersection of Policy and Practice

 

FULTON COMMUNITY REENTRY CENTER

In 2015, Osborne received the keys to the closed Fulton Correctional Facility. In 2016, we begin the next phase of our project to create an economic hub and community reentry center for people coming home from prison and jail.

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ELDER REENTRY INITIATIVE

After more that a year of planning work with the NYC Department for the Aging and colleagues in the academy, corrections, gerontology, reentry and the community, in 2015 Osborne launched the Elder Reentry Initiative. This pilot project works with incarcerated elders as they prepare to return home, connecting them to resources that meet their unique and often unmet needs.

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CENTER FOR JUSTICE POLICY AND PRACTICE

Osborne’s Center for Justice Policy and Practice is built on practitioner-based policy advocacy that is grounded in the experience of our participants and direct-service staff. OCJPP launches with two focus areas: children of arrested and/or incarcerated parents (through our NY Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents) and aging in prison and reentry.  

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