(TRENTON) – In order to raise awareness about the challenges people who were formerly incarcerated face, Assembly Democrats Shanique Speight, Yvonne Lopez and Eliana Pintor Marin sponsor a resolution to create an annual ‘Reentry Week’ in New Jersey.
The measure (AJR-195) designates the last week of April each year as ‘Reentry Week’ and encourages the Governor to call upon public officials and residents to observe the week with activities and programs that would help raise awareness about this issue.
Upon the resolution being advanced by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee on Wednesday, Assemblywomen Speight (D-Essex), Lopez (D-Middlesex) and Pintor Marin (D-Essex) issued the following joint statement:
“This week will be a great way to encourage residents to support fellow New Jerseyans who have served out their sentences and are transitioning back into our communities. People who were formerly incarcerated often face a number of challenges in finding housing, healthcare, transportation, work and more as they re-enter society.
“Healthcare providers, government officials, business owners, faith-based organizations and everyday citizens can all play a part in helping these individuals successfully reintegrate into their communities. Raising awareness about this important issue is just one way we will continue to work towards addressing the challenges formerly incarcerated residents face.”
The measure now heads to the Assembly Speaker for further consideration.