Opportunities, Alternatives, and Resources
OAR began its mission in 1976 as a volunteer organization run by a small and dedicated group of Tompkins County residents concerned with local incarceration issues. The agency initially functioned as a visitation service for prisoners in county jail, striving to mitigate the negative effects of institutionalization through simple humane acts. Our mandate has expanded from jail visitation to include a range of support and advocacy services for former and current inmates, as well as for their families and friends.
OAR's present services include: arranging interest-free bail loans for qualifying pre-trial detainees; facilitating inmate contact with their families, loved ones, employers and schools; increasing clients' awareness of and access to appropriate community services and criminal justice resources; providing a community presence at Tompkins County Jail to promote humane and legally required treatment of incarcerated persons; providing Tompkins county jail inmates with assistance, problem-solving and therapeutic dialogue to mitigate the stress, isolation, and depression associated with incarceration.
Opportunities, Alternatives, and Resources, formerly known as Offender Aid and Restoration is an independent non-profit agency that welcomes community involvement and support. We advocate for the rights and welfare of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated community members and their families in Tompkins County.
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Assigned Counsel Program
Human Rights Commission