QUEENS, NY — A brand new program at Queens Public Library goals to assist previously incarcerated folks put their greatest foot ahead as they reenter society with easy accessibility to smartphones and job coaching.
This system, referred to as the “Quick Entry: Expertise Re-entry Program,” will present 75 former inmates with data-equipped smartphones, on-line sources and job coaching for 2 years.
In a information launch, the library stated this system goals to profit parolees who’ve been imprisoned for many years, presumably since earlier than smartphones made their means into the mainstream.
These launched in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, the library stated, face an much more troublesome transition with fewer job alternatives.
This system shall be administered by QPL, which has a educated crew devoted to serving to individuals who have been concerned with the justice system. The crew helps the group acquire library playing cards, study job expertise, perceive know-how, achieve literacy and discover jobs.
Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott stated this system is extra necessary than ever because the coronavirus pandemic continues affecting jobless charges in New York Metropolis. The NYC division of labor estimated town had a 14.1 p.c unemployment price in September, up from 3.7 p.c a yr prior.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has made the transition from life inside a correctional facility to life on the skin particularly difficult,” Walcott stated in an announcement.
This system was created as a joint initiative with Queens Defenders, which provides free authorized illustration to Queens County residents.
Lori Zeno, government director of Queens Defenders stated this system will give residents the instruments to keep away from future involvement with the justice system.
“This technology-focused initiative will assist people re-establish themselves in the neighborhood as they aspire to guide productive lives freed from additional justice-system involvement,” Zeno stated in an announcement. “We stay up for sharing classes discovered so extra people re-entering society from incarceration can profit from the helps and entry to know-how provided by means of this program.”
This system is funded by a $330,000 federal grant provided to museums and libraries by means of the Coronavirus Support, Aid, and Financial Safety Act.