The Sheriff's Youth Re-Entry Task Force
Over the last several years, there has been a distinct shift in Suffolk County toward collaborative criminal justice policy-making and the implementation of correctional and community-based programs designed to reduce inmate recidivism and ultimately drive down crime and the jail population.
Sheriff Toulon has made inmate rehabilitation a priority of his work in public office. In 2018, he launched several initiatives, including a program for emerging adults 18-24 called CHOOSE YOUR PATH. The Youth Re-entry Task Force provides community support for the initiative.
The Youth Re-entry Task Force is comprised of more than 100 individuals representing many of Suffolk County’s non-profit organizations, as well as local, state and federal government employees.
In 2013 and 2016 the Sheriff’s Office was granted an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for its youth initiatives and the work of the Youth Re-entry Task Force. The awards are granted to counties for programs that serve to improve services to county residents and are judged on their innovativeness, effectiveness, and for delivering results.
The Youth Re-entry Task Force has:
Served as a vehicle to enhance community relations between the government and the county’s human service providers
Helped to intensify the county’s focus on driving down the local jail population through Alternatives to Incarceration for non-violent youthful offenders and, in some cases, appropriate treatment alternatives in the wake of the opioid epidemic
Collaboratively developed the kinds of services and programs to help youth and other populations address the underlying causes of criminal behavior, thereby reducing inmate recidivism
Developed sub-committee to tackle specific issues related to education, grants, housing, and mental health.
Worked as a group to educate policy and lawmakers, the media and the general public about issues concerning youthful crime and rehabilitation.
Advocated for service improvements and made recommendations to improve and streamline systems that impact the operations of the jail.
The Youth Re-entry Task Force continuously accepts new members from the non-profit community. Interested parties should fill out the form below.
The Sheriff's Veterans Re-Entry Task Force
The Sheriff's Office launched the Veterans Housing POD at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in June 2016. The initiative was spearheaded with Suffolk County Legislator William Lindsay III, (Retired) Judge John J. Toomey of the Veterans Treatment Court, and Veteran Mentors from the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 11, from Farmingville, New York.
The Veterans Re-entry Task Force met for the first time in September 2016 to help plan programming and provide ongoing support. The Task Force is comprised of Veterans, correctional staff, members of the non-profit community and county, state and local government employees.
The Veterans Re-entry Task Force will occasionally accept new members from the non-profit and veteran’s community. Interested parties should send in a request below.