Judge Alfred L. Luongo Fund
The Judge Alfred L. Luongo Fund supports the “Supervision to Aid Reentry” or STAR Program of the Reentry Court, U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The STAR Program seeks to help ex-offenders succeed in transitioning back to the community. The goal of the STAR reentry program is to provide support and resources to the individuals participating in the program. Founded in 2006, the program has met with great success in reducing recidivism and has attracted national attention.
In 2018, the use of the Luongo Fund was expanded to benefit participants in two additional specialized courts in the Eastern District: the Mental Health Protocol and Relapse Prevention Court. These added court programs provide structure and support to participants facing mental health issues and substance addiction, improving the chances of participants’ long-term success.
The Luongo Fund is administered by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. Money is used to assist reentry participants with emergency expenses including assistance with education, employment, housing, health care, and child care. Decisions about allocations from the Fund are made by a committee involving representatives from the offices of the U.S. Attorney, the Federal Defender, the Probation Office, the Reentry Court, and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.
There is no requirement for participants to “pay back” or “replenish” the fund. However, the program does encourage participants to give back to future individuals who are in need.
How to Support the Fund
Anyone can donate to the Judge Luongo Fund by check, phone, or online through the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. If donating by check, please make the donation out to the “Philadelphia Bar Foundation” and designate “Luongo Fund” in the memo field of the check.