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Sheriff's Office Opens Satellite Resource Center for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals & Families



SHERIFF’S START RESOURCE CENTER TO OFFER SUPPORT SERVICES IN AXIS COMMUNITY CENTER IN PORT JEFFERSON


Additional location offers new hope for justice involved individuals with access to vital resources, job assistance, food, clothing and more


Today, Suffolk County Sheriff Errol D. Toulon, Jr. joined with Axis Church leaders, service providers, elected officials and justice involved individuals to announce the opening of a new location for the START Resource Center on the campus on the Axis Community Center at 19 N Country Rd, in Port Jefferson, New York.


The Sheriff’s Transition and Reentry Team (START) was formed by Sheriff Toulon in 2020 and has since become a nationwide model for reentry services. With 85% of individuals leaving the Suffolk Correctional Facilities remaining in Suffolk County, Sheriff Toulon is committed to making sure they have the tools and resources they need to live productive lives upon reentering our communities. Since launching the program has seen tremendous results, with the recidivism rate of those participating landing at nearly half of the NYS average.


The new location at the Axis Community Center will mirror the services of the START Resource Center and offer connections to resources for mental health and drug abuse, services for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, assistance with obtaining documentation and employment as well as food, clothing and more. The services are free of charge for formerly incarcerated individuals residing in Suffolk County (regardless of where and when they were incarcerated) as well as for family members of incarcerated individuals. This is the second community-based satellite location of the START Resource Center, with the first opening in Wyandanch in 2021.



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