New Start Project was founded by Tony Smith a Boston resident who became increasingly burdened by the devastating impacts that incarceration has had on his family and community. Understanding the difficulty of overcoming a criminal culture, personal addiction, personal trauma, unemployment, under-employment, collateral sanctions, and social stigmas that has contributed to a 46% re-incarceration rate among re-entry residence in the state of Massachusetts.
Determined to be apart of offering solutions to overcome the continuing challenges that re-entry residence face; Tony reached out to other organizations and community advocates and formed the New Start Project’s Board of Directors. Today’s NSP board includes: Daniel Wilson (Chairperson), Nancy Griffin (Secretary), Susan Tordella (Treasurer), Carolyn Nelson, Jeff Perry, and Cambridge City Councilor Nadeem Mazen (Honorary Member). The NSP board is deeply dedicated and passionate to reduce recidivism and reverse the detrimental impact on individuals and communities as a result of incarceration.
NSP advocates and supports the successful reintegration of our members from incarceration into their communities and works to reduce recidivism through job referral and placement, mentoring, and community building. leadership and policy advocacy.