Arrestees in Upper Manhattan have deeper and more serious criminal justice involvement than those in the rest of Manhattan.
49% of arrestees in Upper Manhattan had prior convictions compared to 40% in the rest of Manhattan
The precint serving Central Harlem had the highest rate of prior felony convictions in Manhattan at 43%.
In Harlem, 39% of parolees are re-incarcerated within a year of release, 42% within three years.
Every year 2,200 people return from NY state prisons to the streets of Harlem, which constitutes the highest number of parolees in any county in the US.
Men and women returning from prison to Harlem are more likely to be re-incarcerated if they don’t have access to support services, employment, or positive mentors. COS seeks to provide positive social support for individuals in order to promote successful reintegration.