Reentry Scholars

Ramon Semorile is a Crew Supervisor with Bronx Community Solutions, a project of the Center for Court Innovation. He has been employed with the Center for Court Innovation for 5 years. Ramon came to work for the Center after enrolling in the Midtown Community Court’s Times Square Ink (TSI) Program, a work-training program for individuals who are formerly incarcerated. Ramon found TSI after serving a three-year drug-related prison sentence. The TSI program and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York assisted Ramon with reentering the community by providing support, guidance, and training. Ramon now lives in Queens and enjoys exploring the city on foot, dancing, and drawing in his spare time. He is currently a member of the Health and Nutrition sub-committee.

Mario Rodriguez is an Afro- Cuban male born in Cuba raised in NYC. He dropped out of high school due to urban conditions, and the choices he made, however he did obtain his high school equivalence diploma at Staten Island Community College. Shortly afterwards he enlisted in the United States Army during the Vietnam era. He stayed in the military for 11 years in which he obtained the rank of Staff sergeant. After he was discharged from the army Mario worked several odd jobs in which he began to get in trouble with the criminal justice system. Once Mr. Rodriguez decided to change his lifestyle he took several trainings at Exponents aspiring to be a peer educator working with individuals who were infected or affected with HIV/AIDS. He was hired as discharge planner at Rikers Island. Over the years, he has tried to make a difference in his community by attempting to link returning citizens to services that can assist and prevent future recidivism. Currently, Mr. Rodriguez is a conductor for the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority.