John Koufos is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Reentry Corporation. NJRC has five programs in New Jersey and is dedicated to connecting returning citizens to addiction/mental health treatment, housing solutions, employment and training, healthcare and legal services. John was a New Jersey Certified Criminal Trial Attorney and managed a law firm while lecturing at a university and teaching continuing legal education courses. He successfully argued state cases from municipal court to murder at the trial, appellate and Supreme Court levels, and was counsel to the NAACP (Metuchen-Edison Area branch).
In 2011, John’s addiction led to his incarceration for a drunk driving accident and related crimes. In 2014 John started his work in reentry as a volunteer and parolee. He utilized his sobriety, and his legal and prison experience and started a pro bono program for returning citizens to help clear unpaid fines and old warrants, and to assist the population in securing identification and basic/commercial drivers’ licenses.
John earned his law degree. from Fordham University School of Law and his Master’s. and Bachelor’s degrees from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He continues to serve the legal community by teaching courses to lawyers, prosecutors, and judges, and by helping at-risk lawyers with addiction issues.