The rate of recidivism of New Jersey inmates seems to drop dramatically once they’re enrolled in New Jersey-sponsored reentry programs, such as the Jersey City Employment and Training Program (JCETP). The program, which has expanded across the state, helps inmates get jobs, housing, and addiction counseling once they are released from jail. The statewide program, which is run by former Gov. Jim McGreevey, is called the New Jersey Reentry Program.
In general, the program has a recidivism rate of 19 percent. In 2010, 53 percent of prisoners were back in jail within three years. In 2015, the program had 404 clients. Of those, 78 percent were male and 22 percent female and 58 percent were placed in jobs. Its sister organization, Integrity House, offered addiction counseling to 2,349 individuals.
NJRP has opened offices in Paterson, Kearny, Newark, and Toms River all within the past year, after starting out in Jersey City.