Improving lives in our community by:
Providing SECOND CHANCES
BCPS/Berks Connections is a nonprofit organization that provides pretrial services and reentry programming for individuals involved in the justice system, as well as services for their children and loved ones. Our reentry workforce development, housing, and mentoring programs equip returning citizens with the tools and support necessary to become productive members of our community. Our Family Connections programs serve to lessen the negative impact on children and families affected by parental incarceration.
Additionally, BCPS serves as the court appointed County Pretrial Services agency with services focused on interviewing and assessing defendants’ risk and providing the information to the Court, supervising defendants on pretrial release, and providing staffing and assistance to the county’s diversionary programs.
Berks Connections/Pretrial Services is proud to be certified by the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) through their Standards for Excellence certification program. BCPS was one of the first organizations to be certified under the Standards program that began in 2002.
An Important Message from BCPS...
Berks Connections/Pretrial Services is committed to justice in every sense of the term.
In the course of carrying out our mission, we are reminded on a daily basis of the effects of systemic racism and inequality on the lives of people of color. It is inextricably intertwined with higher unemployment rates, homelessness, and a myriad of issues that those we serve face on a daily basis.
As the nation reels over the death of George Floyd, systemic injustice, and the subsequent violence, we want to take a moment to reach out to our black and brown team members, volunteers, colleagues, friends, and those we serve to acknowledge your pain and anguish, to acknowledge that black lives matter and to let you know that BCPS is committed to continuing our work with you to be a positive force in the community - together we can move forward towards justice for all, equality, and a better world.
We stand together for change.ea
"Never be a prisoner of your past. It was just a lesson not a life sentence."
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Hope, Opportunity & Second Chances
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Thank you for supporting our Life Improvement Business!
There are opportunities for
volunteering within the Berks County Jail System and the community. Not only will you be improving the lives of individuals and families, but also our volunteers find the experience to be very rewarding and impactful.
Your gift to BCPS allows us to improve the lives of returning citizens as well as their families. BCPS Family Connections Programs and Reentry support services are
supported solely by community contributions.
Berks Connections/Pretrial Services improves lives and creates safer, more prosperous communities by providing services, support, and community reintegration to individuals involved in the justice system and to their families.