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Queens Defenders & Queens Public Library Partner to Provide Immediate Technology Access to Parolees during COVID-19 Pandemic

QUEENS DEFENDERS & QUEENS PUBLIC LIBRARY have formed a partnership to equip parolees released from prison during the COVID-19 pandemic with smartphones, data plans, and other tech resources. Funded through a $330,000 Federal CARES Act Grant for Museums and Libraries, the “Immediate Access: Technology Re-entry Program” will assist 75 individuals over two years.

As part of the Program, the parolees recently released from prison will receive smartphones to connect them to online resources and services to assist them with re-entry, ranging from the Library’s virtual programming and financial and transportation apps to online certification programs. They will also receive a data plan, technology assistance, and job training to equip them with the information, skills, and resources they need to help them move forward on the outside.

Read more about the Program in the full press release here: Immediate Access Technology Re-entry Program Press Release