For Over 40 Years..
OAR has been protecting the civil liberties of those incarcerated in the Tompkins County Jail through the following services below including: reentry services, assigned council, and the bail fund.
Our nation holds people accused of a crime, but not convicted, in jail on bail even when they are not threats to the public or likely to flee. The vast majority of those held are the poor. Unable to come up with cash to post bail, the poor spend many more days incarcerated than those with financial means. OAR’s bail fund works to reduce this injustice.
Visit our Bail Fund Page to learn more.
Re Entry Services
OAR has been working with our clients to ease their reentry back into the community for many years. The growing interst in the issue has engaged many more people. OAR believes that by working with an inclusive group of organizations and individuals greater changes lie ahead. Visit our resources page for more information.
The vast majority of OAR’s incarcerated clients live below the federal poverty line. Constitutionally, these individuals have a right to legal representation—provided in Tompkins County through the Assigned Counsel program. OAR conducts intakes for Assigned Counsel representation four days a week at the Tompkins County Jail, guaranteeing swift assignment of legal representation.
At OAR, we offer comprehensive liaison services between you and entities in the community. Getting you the support you need is our number one goal. We maintain a direct line for receiving phone calls from clients in jail. This lets you say in contact with your loved ones and allows our staff to relay messages from lawyers, employers, landlords, and family members. We also give you free writing supplies, help with banking and tax prep, and monitor your children's health and progress in school
College Initiative Upstate is a learning community of educators, students and volunteers from Tompkins county who are working together to build pathways from criminal justice involvement to college and beyond.
We can help you: choose a college, apply for financial aid, work with outstanding student loans, receive tutoring, engage in college readiness courses, get wrap around support during the application process. Give us a call to see if College is right for you.
Visit our CIU page to learn more.
We are here to activate a network of services so that you can maintain family and community ties, access available resources and support and reduce the negative consequences of your incarceration after your sentence is complete. The organizations we work with provide:
- Legal Assistance
- Social Services
- Healthcare - General and Mental
- Housing Assistance
- Employment Guidance
- Educational Services
- Substance Abuse Recovery
- Religious Services
Visit our Contact page to Partner with us.