The Reentry through Intensive Supervision and Employment Court (RISE Court) is the Southern District of New York’s reentry program dedicated to encouraging employment and the successful reentry of certain at-risk defendants on supervised release. The first RISE Court was launched in January 2019, following the approval by the Board of Judges on October 24, 2018. As of February 2020, three RISE Courts have been launched.
For one year, a RISE Court cohort of 20 meets with a team led by a RISE Court judge. The team includes a dedicated probation officer, a reentry liaison, a volunteer law firm that offers pro bono civil legal services, and representatives from the Federal Defender and U.S. Attorney’s offices. The focus is on overcoming barriers to successful integration into a community, with particular emphasis on employment.