910 West State St. // West MLK St.
Ithaca NY 14850
Call (607)-272-7885
Walk-ins welcome 9am-3:00pm

Proudly Protecting Civil Liberties Since 1976

Opportunities, Alternatives & Resources 

Our mission... For over forty years OAR has been protecting the civil liberties of those incarcerated in the Tompkins County Jail through:


  • Assumption of innocence until proven guilty: This is our foundation.




  • College Initiative Upstate: In 2016, A reentry education program joined OAR. CIU's mission is to create pathways from jail and prison to higher education.



These programs help restore and maintain our clients' inclusion in the community. Learn More about how OAR protects Civil Liberties and like us on Facebook for more updates as we continue to grow.

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OAR's Wish List

TCAT Monthly Bus Passes

Wal-Mart  & other Gift Cards

Men’s Socks and Underwear (New)

Women’s Socks, Underwear, and Bras (New)

Towels, Wash Cloths, and Hand Towels (New or Gently Used)

Toothpaste and Toothbrushes

Toiletries: Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap, etc.

Feminine Hygiene Products

Laundry Detergent & Cleaning products

Greeting Cards (all occasions)

Toilet Paper

Paper Towels

Paper Slicer

Every little bit truly counts and makes a difference in our client's lives!!!

Your generous and greatly appreciated donations can be dropped off at our office, located at 910 W. State St. Ithaca, NY, between 9am-3pm. Please call (607) 272-7885 to make other arrangements.


Drop in Services

Drop in hours are from 9:00am-3:00pm M-F *Summer and Holiday hours may differ.

The staff at OAR are proud to provide a safe space to ensure that you have a sanctuary from the streets when you are without a job or home.

Clients and their families use our drop-in center for a vast array of services. These include:

  • Making appointments
  • Getting in touch with family members
  • Conducting job and home searches
  • Getting referrals for other human service agencies
  • Staying up-to-date on current events.

We strive to smooth your personal re-adjustment after leaving the jail and help you advocate for the rights you are entitled to.

We assist you through every step of your transition back into everyday life and also help with follow-up case management. Internet access, message boards, a free local phone line, and books are all available for you to use.


Support our Mission

We are powered by our community. Join our fight to protect civil liberties!

Volunteer with Us

We always welcome volunteers to help with jail transportation and office support tasks.

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Community Relationships

"How fortunate we are to have a progressively minded Mayor who is open to and supportive of the work we do at OAR & CIU. Sitting down with Mayor Svante Myrick to discuss the innovative ideas and approaches to the field of reentry we're working on was a rewarding experience."

Ithaca Mayor, Svante Myrick; CIU Academic Counselor, Suzanne Burnham; OAR Parolee Case Manager, Jaime Coleman; CIU Director, Benay Rubenstien
Benay Rubenstein, Director of CIU; Jaime Coleman, Parolee Case Manager; Suzanne Burnham, Academic Counselor at CIU; and Svante Myrick, Mayor of Ithaca.

Thank you, United Way

United Way Logo 2009