Who We Are

Who We Are

Community Partners in Action, Inc., (formerly the Connecticut Prison Association) is one of the nation's oldest non-profit agencies. It began in January 1875 as the Friends of Prisoners Society to work in the brand new field of criminal rehabilitation.

What We Do

  • Benefit society by reformation of criminals
  • Assist prisoners in the work of self-reform
  • Aid released inmates in living honorably
  • Cooperate in the prevention and repression of crime

The players and organization have changed; programs have been added, subtracted and revamped; and criminal rehabilitation has been defined in a variety of ways since those early days, but through it all our mission has remained clear: to build community by providing services that promote accountability, dignity and restoration for people affected by the criminal justice system.

Mission Statement

Community Partners in Action is a non-profit agency building community by providing services that promote accountability, dignity, and restoration for people affected by the Criminal Justice System.

Guiding Beliefs

  • People can change;
  • Prevention and intervention are preferable;
  • Program decisions must be knowledge-based;
  • Community groups and citizen volunteers are crucial partners with us in this work;
  • Mutual respect must mark all our relationships.

"Ninety-seven percent of those incarcerated in prisons will eventually be released. This results in nearly 650,000 people being released from prisons and 7 million individuals being released from jails in this country each year."

— Re-Entry Policy Council Report