The New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC) is a nonprofit entity dedicated to providing reentry services to court-involved persons, who have typically recently left state prison, county jail, and addiction treatment centers. A Legal Intern would be working in a structured internship to provide three basic services under the direction of the General Counsel:
1) Prepare, edit, organize, and review organization documents, manuals, policies, and procedures, communicating with administrative and management team to finalize work product.
2) Research and writing of memoranda and articles addressing range of legal barriers faced by court-involved persons.
3) Work in addressing a wide range of civil issues including working cooperatively with federal and state agencies, healthcare providers, employment vendors, landlord/tenant issues, as well as addressing legal obstacles.
Legal internships typically last ten weeks, but may be extended upon agreement of both the NJRC and the Legal Intern. Compensation is in accordance with the proficiency and year status of the Legal Intern.
About New Jersey Reentry Corporation
The New Jersey Reentry Corporation is committed to providing critically needed services to court involved individuals to empower them to achieve healthy self-sufficiency, thereby reducing recidivism and fostering safer communities. Working with private employers and public agencies, the NJRC strives to maximize the training and employment of this discrete population. Participants receive individualized assessments and treatment plans that address essential needs, including addiction treatment, structured sober housing, job training and employment, linkage to legal services and healthcare, and spiritual mentoring. During orientation, NJRC staff educate clients on employment skills and soft skills, including resume development, interview and workplace etiquette, goal setting, and frustration tolerance. Clients traditionally receive case management services for a six- to nine-month period. Through NJRC’s pro bono legal services program, clients are screened and provided assistance with driver’s license restoration. Through this program, more than 200 driver’s licenses have been successfully restored since the program’s inception. NJRC then assists in securing employment for their clients by sustaining relationships with employers that are “background-friendly” and working to educate employers on the benefits of hiring someone with a criminal background. The New Jersey Reentry Corporation has a statewide network of reentry sites in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic, and Union Counties.