In New Jersey, clearing the legal path for reentry

Legal assistance can make the difference between an ex-offender gaining a solid footing or returning to the behavior that led to prison.
Op-Ed (New Jersey)

Karen Sacks
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 27, 2016

Tags: Criminal Records, Reentry

Organizations mentioned/involved: Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ) (NJ)


As New Jersey legislators and policymakers focus on the need to help former inmates reenter society, it’s important to note that one of the biggest hurdles is a legal one. And it’s often a surmountable one.


At Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ), which has been providing a wide range of free legal services to the economically disadvantaged for 15 years, we see this every day.

Our Reentry Legal Services program provides the crucial link to make reentry possible, assisting nonviolent ex-offenders with legal counsel on issues ranging from driver’s license restoration to expungement.