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Services

TARGET POPULATION

 

Referred directly from defense counsel, the target population for The Liberty Fund services will be low-income individuals, charged with misdemeanor crimes who: 1) cannot afford their bail when set at $2,000 or less; or 2) are released on their own recognizance (ROR).

This target population suffers from various barriers to a life away from the justice system including homelessness and unemployment; mental/physical health needs, alcohol/substance use; system mistrust. 

 

PROGRAM GOALS

 

The primary goals of the program include:

 

  • To build trust and rapport with clients. 
  • To support clients in other aspects of their lives through voluntary services.
  • To better ensure clients’ personal success and prevent further recidivism.

 

PROGRAM DESIGN

 

The main strategy of our programming has a simple, proactive and practical design with 4 key elements as follows:

 

  • Pretrial – Interventions are initiated at the most critical touchpoint for success.
  • Voluntary – Non-mandated services ensure no additional sanctions or restrictions are placed on our clients. 
  • Person-Centered –  Services are determined by the participant in order to better meet their individual needs and to promote their buy-in to the interventions.
  • Court-based – Client engagement will be leveraged during court appointments for effective time usage.

 

SERVICES OFFERED

 

For each client, the program team will provide the following services during the pendency of the case (typically 3 months):

 

  • Case Management – To provide intake, needs assessments, and individual action plans with social service referrals. All staff members are New York State certified case managers which includes risk need responsivity principles and trauma-informed care. 

  • Critical Court Needs To provide client court-reminders as needed,  emergency needs upon release from DOC custody, such as MetroCards, food vouchers and other basics, and rap sheet counseling to prepare for the world of work.

  • Direct Workforce Development and Homelessness Interventions – To provide homelessness and workforce development referrals as needed to place clients in best-fit housing and job training programs using an extensive citywide resource guide.