With the support of the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable convened reentry policy-makers and organizations to improve outcomes for reentering citizens
The initiative began with a meeting of Erie County administration and four reentry organizations, working together to discuss the possibility of a broad effort to strengthen the system for justice-involved individuals reentering society. The group quickly expanded to include 35 reentry policy-making institutions and organizations representing federal, state and local entities. This larger group became the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable Reentry Coalition.
The Coalition held its first planning meeting in the summer of 2016 with support from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance, which provided facilitators from the U.S. National Reentry Resource Center. This meeting resulted in a request for assistance from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance in creating a plan for Erie County’s reentry system.