Project New Opportunity (PNO) is a Washington D. C – based project of the Center for Community Alternatives (CCA), a New York nonprofit organization serving diverse populations in New York State and widely recognized as a national leader in the field of community-based and client-centered alternatives to incarceration. PNO was conceived, developed and launched by Malcolm C. Young, an attorney experienced in criminal justice sentencing and reentry programs and policies.
PNO’s mission is ensure the successful return of men and women whose time in prison was shortened in one of three ways. PNO helps individuals 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). We expect to serve additional locations in the future.
PNO’s method is to help individuals prepare early for their release. Whenever time permits, PNO assigns Reentry Consultants to returning federal prisoners as much as a year in advance of their release and six months in advance of a possible transfer to a halfway house. The Reentry Consultant will learn about their client’s situation, advise on steps to take to prepare such as obtaining identification, and make every effort to connect each individual with supporting family, social and community members in the location in which the individual expects to be living. The Reentry Consultant will introduce the individual to agencies and organizations which provide services to meet needs and address specific problems, and which can build on his or her strengths and assets. The Reentry Consultant will help build a support network for the individual in his or her future community.
Project New Opportunity is a team effort, a partnership among individuals, agencies and organizations committed to the successful return of previously incarcerated individuals. Project New Opportunity and the arrangements that it facilitates supplement rather than supplant or substitute for the reentry programming and assistance provided by the Bureau of Prison (BOP) staff or BOP’s risk assessment and assignment processes including assignments to half way houses. PNO works with Federal Probation Officers, Reentry Courts and local and state reentry coordinators and reentry collaborative dedicated to assisting individuals who have been incarcerated.
Malcolm C. Young serves as Project Director. Deputy Project Director Norman Brown coordinates a team of Individual consultants who are social workers and others with experience assisting people involved in the criminal justice system. Lucinda Greene provides essential administrative and technical support for Reentry Consultants and clients. Key staff from the CCA provide additional services in support of PNO and its clients
Participation is voluntary. An individual who desires and believes they are eligible for PNO’s program must complete and submit an Enrollment Form. Incarcerated individuals may request an Enrollment Form directly from PNO through Corrlinks or through their attorney, a family member or an authorized member of their support network.
Once PNO receives a completed Enrollment Form, its staff will establish email or postal mail contact with the individual, answer immediate questions, and assign a Reentry Consultant to the eligible individual. The Reentry Consultant and the individual will determine the best way to communicate: via Corrlinks, postal mail, telephone, video call, a combination of those, and in certain situations with an approved visit. Together the individual and the Reentry Consultant will lay the groundwork, make connections, and plan for a successful return.
For additional information, contact:
PROJECT NEW OPPORTUNITY
1220 L Street N. W. – Suite 605
Washington, D. SC. 20005
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