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Community Resources for Justice supports our most challenged citizens. We work with individuals in, or at risk of being in, the adult or juvenile justice systems; individuals transitioning out of these systems back to their communities; and individuals with developmental disabilities requiring intensive support to be part of the community. Our unique mix of innovative services, advocacy for system improvement, research and publications is designed to build the capacity of the people we care about to live safe and productive lives. These efforts also help communities gain an enhanced sense of safety and improved quality of life. In everything we do, we are dedicated to being an organization that performs at the highest level, with a workforce possessing the skills and knowledge that ensure a strong positive impact on our clients, our communities and our profession.
Adult Correctional Services (half-way houses and non-residential day reporting) Youth Services for Offenders and Ex-Offenders (half-way houses and non-residential day reporting) Community Strategies for New Hampshire and Massachusetts (Services for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (Developmental Disabilities, mental Retardation, Mental Health diagnosis)) Crime and Justice Institute (Research, Policy, Training, Publishing, and Advocacy) Social Ventures (employment and training opportunities for offenders and ex offenders)Additional Comments from the Organization
Awards: In 2004 Adult Correctional Programs Director Elizabeth Curtin received an Extreme Esteem Award from Self Esteem Boston for her work with women, as well as the Mary Q. Hawkes Award for similar efforts and personal and professional commitment to the field. In 2003, CRJ was awarded the Peer Provider Award by the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, it is the highest honor they give. CRJ has long been a leader and innovator in the criminal justice field: In the 1980s, CRJ was the first to introduce day reporting to the adult corrections system and to the juvenile corrections system. CRJ was the first to introduce mediation to the criminal courts. Founded in 1878, what is now CRJ has evolved as the result of the merger of a number of organizations during that time including the New England Society for the Suppression of Vice, the New England Watch and Ward Society, The New England Citizens Crime Commission, Massachusetts Council on Crime and Correction, John Howard Society, Massachusetts Prison Association, John Howard Society, Friends of Prisoners, United Prison Association, Massachusetts Halfway Houses and the Crime and Justice Foundation.
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