Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. Can I ask a lawyer if this program is right for me? 
Yes, you can talk with a lawyer free of charge at any point during the process. Speaking to a lawyer is not required for participation. Please check the page of the borough where you were arrested for available lawyers' contact information.
 

​2. Do I need to appear in court?
If you complete Project Reset or Reset+ programming, you do not have to appear in court for this specific case.

 

3. What happens to my case?

If you complete Project Reset or Reset+ programming, the local district attorney's office will decline to prosecute your case.

4. Will there be a record of my arrest?

When the District Attorney’s Office declines to prosecute your case, the record of your arrest is sealed. Please speak to a lawyer if you have questions about the record sealing process. Please check the page of the borough where you were arrested for available lawyers' contact information.

5. Will my arrest have immigration consequences? 

If you have questions or concerns related to immigration, you should speak with a lawyer. Please contact us  so we can connect you with free legal assistance, or check the page of the borough where you were arrested for available lawyers' contact information.

 

6. Will my arrest affect my employment or educational opportunities?

If you have questions about the consequences of your arrest, you should speak with a lawyer. Please contact us so that we can connect you with free legal assistance, or check the page of the borough where you were arrested for available lawyers' contact information.

 

7.  Where does Project Reset work? What about Reset+?

Project Reset serves people who were arrested in the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten IslandQueens, and Brooklyn.  Project Reset+ is only active in Manhattan.
 

8. What types of programming does Project Reset and Reset+ offer? 

Programming includes restorative justice discussions, classes with local artists, and individual and group counseling sessions. The programming varies by borough. Please see the borough page to learn more.

 

9. What's the difference between Project Reset and Project Reset+?
In Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx, individuals with or without prior convictions are eligible for Project Reset.  In Manhattan, individuals without prior convictions are eligible for Project Reset, while those with prior convictions are eligible for Project Reset+.

 

10. How long is programming?

Programming lasts for 2 to 4 hours.

 

Project Reset is a collaboration between the District Attorney's Offices in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens, the Center for Court Innovation, Young New Yorkers, The Osborne Association, and the New York Police Department. In Manhattan, Project Reset is funded through the Manhattan DA's Criminal Justice  Investment Initiative. Project Reset is also funded by the New York City Council and the Tow and Cohen Foundations.