Director: Howard Jardine
Address: 107 Park Drive Boston, MA 02215
With a capacity of 65 beds, the Brooke House serves as a pre-release program for male offenders through a contract with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, Norfolk County Sheriff's Department, MA Department of Correction, and as transitional housing for offenders through a contract with the Massachusetts Parole Board. The average length of stay at Brooke House is approximately 3.5 months. With a goal of successful reentry, all residents receive comprehensive case management services addressing their employment, housing, family reunification, and treatment needs.
Director: Matthew LeFrancois
Address: 307 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115
With a capacity of 116 beds, Coolidge House serves as a Residential Reentry Center for male and female offenders under contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Residents are referred from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Probation and Federal District Courts. Most residents are in the program for an average of 4-6 months, during which time they receive case management services that emphasize successful reentry. Coolidge House works with a diverse population with regard to age, type of Federal offense, and length of incarceration. Accredited by the American Correctional Association, Coolidge House represents CRJ’s largest program, and one of its longest running contracts.
Director: Ernie Goodno
Address: 1490-1492 Elm Street Manchester, NH 03101
With a capacity of 45 beds, Hampshire House serves as a Residential Reentry Center for male and female offenders under contract with Federal Bureau of Prisons. Residents are referred from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, US Probation and Federal District Courts. Most residents are in the program for an average of 4 to 6 months, during which time they receive case management services that emphasize successful reentry. Hampshire House works with a diverse population with regard to age, type of Federal offense, and length of incarceration. Hamprshire House opened on April 1, 2009.
Director: Dan Robertello
Address: 35-37 Elizabeth Street Albany, NY 12202
The Horizon House in Albany, NY opened in September 2011. With a capacity of 32 beds, Horizon serves as a Residential Reentry Center for male and female offenders under contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Residents may be referred from the Bureau of Prisons, U. S. Probation, and Federal Courts. Most residents are in the program for an average of 3 months, during which time they receive case management services that emphasize successful reentry. Horizon House works with a diverse population with regard to age, type of Federal offense, and length of incarceration.
Director: Matthew LeFrancois
Address: 699 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02118
McGrath House is a 30-bed facility serving female offenders referred by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Massachusetts Parole Board. All McGrath House women receive comprehensive case management services, with the goal of successful reentry to their home communities. The services at McGrath House are provided in a gender-responsive environment, geared to meet the unique and complicated needs of the women involved with the program. The average length of stay at McGrath House is approximately 5 months.
Overcoming the Odds
Director: Anthony Robinson
Address: 107 Park Drive, Boston, MA 02215
Since May of 2014, the Overcoming the Odds program at Community Resources for Justice has helped dozens of men with serious criminal records build stable, productive lives as they transition from jails or state prison back into Boston neighborhoods. The non-residential program is funded by a federal grant administered through the Boston Police Department and aims to reduce violent recidivism, increase successful community re-entry and ensure higher levels of public safety. The program identifies individuals classified as “high impact” offenders because of past involvement with gangs, drugs, weapons and violence and links them with services to assist with housing, job placement, vocational training and addiction treatment. Case managers begin working with these men prior to their release and for six months after their return to the community to help them realize their goals, including employment and staying out of the justice system. Dekara Anderson, pictured at left, is a graduate of the program, which enabled him to enter a 21-week culinary arts program and further his dream of opening his own catering business. To find out more about Overcoming the Odds, click here.
Director: Jenn Sirois
Address: 577 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02118
As of February 2010, CRJ’s Sargent House has reopened to work with up to six young men, ages 18 – 22, under a contract with the Department of Children and Families (DCF). These are youth who currently fall between the cracks in the statewide network of available services, based on their age and on their challenging behaviors. They are aging out of the DCF system, but are not eligible to receive services from the Department of Mental Health or Developmental Services until they turn 22. With a unique model which combines the experience of both the SJS Department and Community Strategies, the program works with youth who exhibit challenging behaviors due to trauma-based diagnoses, sexually abusive behavior, cognitive disabilities, and/or intellectual challenges.
The intent of the program is to offer a community living experience with a high level of staff support and supervision. Our goal is to maximize motivation, participation, progress, self esteem, and self-control to achieve optimal functioning levels, contributing to placement in a less restrictive environment over time.
Director: Marcy Rosenthal
Address: 107 Park Drive, Boston MA 02215
Watson Academy is the Social Justice Services Department's (SJSD) comprehensive educational enrichment program, created to enhance and supplement the education services in CRJ programs.
The Academy provides academic programming and assistance which includes a resource library and a partnership with the Phillips Brooks House Association at Harvard University for tutoring/mentoring sessions. It also provides life skills classes for clients which comprise of independent living skills, job readiness preparation, money management, goal setting, communication skills, stress management, nutrition and health, and parenting.
In addition, Watson Academy coordinates a staff training and development program. Trainings include Boundaries and Diversity, Report Writing, First Aid and CPR, Crisis Prevention and Intervention, Substance Abuse Awareness and Suicide Prevention. Watson Academy piloted the EPICS (Effective Practices in Correctional Settings) training for SJS which helps case managers and supervisors work more effectively with clients by using evidence-based practices.