Our Goal

Supporting women and men released by Presidential commutation and sentence modifications as they seek to successfully integrate back into society

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What We Do

Families

If you have a family member, friend or loved one who is being released earlier than expected from federal prison as the result of a successful motion for sentence modification, clemency or relief under the Johnson line of cases in the United States Supreme Court, they may be eligible for the services PNO provides.

Read about us and who is eligible for our services on the “About” page on this website. If you believe the person you care about is among those we can help, send them a copy of our Enrollment Form directly, or contact us and we will send him or her the Enrollment Form and information. As soon as the person you care about completes and returns an Enrollment Form, we will confirm eligibility and assign a Reentry Consultant to work with that person and with you to make their return a success.

PNO is supported by private grants, so neither you nor your loved one will be charged for this service.

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Individuals

If you are a federal prisoner who received a “Drugs Minus Two” sentence modification, a commutation of sentence, or relief under the Johnson line of cases in the United States Supreme Court, we may be able to help with your return.

Eligibility depends upon where you will be released and other factors. Participation is voluntary and without cost to you or your family. The first step is to send us a completed Enrollment Form. Obtain a copy on line if possible, from a family member or your attorney, or by sending a request directly to us via Corrlinks at mjenkins@communityalternatives.org

After PNO receives your completed enrollment form and confirms eligibility, we will assign you a Reentry Consultant. The Consultant will answer questions, collect information, help you figure out your next steps and connect you to people and organizations who will assist you with matters such as identification, housing, employment, and family reunification.

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Courts, Corrections and Service Providers

PNO connects the individual leaving prison with appropriate resources –broadly construed to include supporting appropriate agencies, organizations, programs, reentry courts, faith-based groups, community colleges, vocational programs and private employers as well as family and community members who take an interest in returning prisoners.

PNO does not supplant or replace BOP’s on-going reentry assistance or its halfway house programming, nor does it alter Federal Probation’s supervisory role and authority. PNO is available to all parties to facilitate application and screening processes, minimize delays and help returning prisoners acclimate to their setting.

To find out more about PNO’s goals or program, contact the PNO by email sent to mjenkins@communityalternatives.org
For questions about or on behalf of PNO client in federal custody, please provide that individual’s name and BOP Register Number. We will put you in touch with that individual’s Reentry Consultant or an appropriate PNO staff member.


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Eligibility And The Application Process


PNO provides services primarily to federal prisoners who are being released ahead of their original sentence date because of: (1) a grant of Presidential clemency or sentence commutation; (2) a “Drugs Minus Two” sentence modification; or, (3) because of an enhanced sentence under the Armed Career Criminal Act (“ACCA”) that the United States Supreme Court found unconstitutional in United States v. Johnson (2015) and cases which apply Johnson.

We are limited in the geographical areas in which we work. At this time PNO can help individuals who intend to live in eastern Virginia, DC, Maryland, northern Illinois (Chicago) and Eastern Pennsylvania (Philadelphia).

PNO expects to select additional locations for its services in 2017.

  • On a case-by-case basis, Project New Opportunity may also provide its services to individuals with specific needs and who are referred to PNO by a BOP staff person or another third party and if PNO is uniquely equipped to do assist that individual. Individuals with specific needs may include women, veterans, individuals with physical or mental health disabilities, aged prisoners, prisoners lacking local family and social connections.

An individual eligible for and desiring PNO’s services must send us a completed Enrollment Form. Enrollment Forms may be downloaded here [Link] or requested directly from PNO via email sent to mjenkins@communityalternatives.org An incarcerated individual may also ask their attorney, family member or an authorized member of their support network to contact PNO, and we will send an enrollment form and information about PNO to that individual.

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For additional information, contact:
Malcolm C. Young, Project Director

PROJECT NEW OPPORTUNITY
1220 L Street N. W. – Suite 605
Washington, D. C. 20005

Phone: 866-531-9868
Email: Marla Jenkins
mjenkins@communityalternatives.org