National Reentry Resource Center

NRRC program logoThe National Reentry Resource Center provides education, training, and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, local governments, service providers, non-profit organizations, and corrections institutions working on prisoner reentry. To learn more, click here.

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Recent Posts

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Evaluating the Impact of Adult Correctional Education

According to a 2014 meta-analysis by the RAND Corporation, adults who participated in correctional education programs were shown to have, on average, a 43 percent less likelihood of recidivating and were 13 percent more likely to obtain employment upon their release from incarceration.

Center for Court Innovation

Q&A with Julian Adler of the Red Hook Community Justice Center

As the nation’s first multijurisdictional community court, the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn has served as a neighborhood hub for clinical services, community service, youth programs, and other social supports since its founding in 2000.

Announcements

HHS

Call for Applicants for Health Profession Opportunity Grants

This funding opportunity from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is for demonstration projects that provide eligible individuals with the opportunity to obtain education and training for health care occupations that pay well and are expected to experience labor shortages or be in high demand.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Call for Applicants for Research on At-Risk Girls

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is now accepting proposals for original research and/or secondary analysis of existing data on girls who are at-risk and are involved with the justice system.

Bureau of Justice Assistance

Call for Applicants to the National PREA Resource Center

The Bureau of Justice Assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations interested in maintaining the operations, including training and technical assistance, for the National Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Resource Center

Webinars

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Responding to the Second Chance Act Technology-Based Career Training Program

In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance explain the grant program and application process. These grants will provide up to $750,000 to states, units of local government, territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes for a 36-month project period. The goal of this program is to increase the post-release employability of individuals through technology-based career training.

webinar

Risk Need Responsivity 101: A Primer for SCA and JMHCP Grant Recipients

This webinar provides foundational knowledge on RNR as well as guidance on understanding and implementing risk assessment tools as a way to direct resources and support recidivism-reduction strategies for criminal justice and social service agencies, practitioners, and policymakers.

Publications

Recent Headlines

Mental Illness Is No Crime

A new initiative, “Stepping Up,” unites state and local governments and the American Psychiatric Foundation to promote research-based practices to tackle our overreliance on jail as mental health treatment, such as in-jail counseling programs that reduce the chances of repeat offenders.

Jails Are No Substitute for a Mental Health System

Using our criminal justice system as a substitute for a fully functioning mental health system doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t make sense for law enforcement officers, who often put their lives at risk when they are called upon to intervene in a mental health crisis. It doesn’t make sense for courts, which are inundated with cases involving people with mental illness. It doesn’t make sense for people who have mental health conditions, who often would benefit more from treatment and intensive supervision.

Bill Headed to Abbott Would Create More ‘Second Chances’ to One-Time Criminals

The House overwhelmingly approved and sent to the governor Thursday a “second chances” bill, championed by a Dallas businessman, that would let some first-time criminal offenders have their records sealed. The goal is to provide those convicted of low-level, nonviolent crimes a chance to ensure that a youthful mistake doesn’t hinder their ability to get a job, enter the military, or obtain credit or housing. The House approved the measure on a 138-4 vote.

Prisoners Might Get Access to Pell Grants for First Time in Two Decades

The U.S. Department of Education is poised to announce a limited exemption to the federal ban on prisoners receiving Pell Grants to attend college while they are incarcerated. Correctional education experts and other sources said they expect the department to issue a waiver under the experimental sites program, which allows the feds to lift certain rules that govern aid programs in the spirit of experimentation. If the project is successful, it would add to momentum for the U.S. Congress to consider overturning the ban it passed on the use of Pell for prisoners in 1994.

‘Orange is New Black’ Author Encourages Felon Hiring

The author of “Orange is the New Black” joined federal and county prosecutors Wednesday morning at Cobo Center to discuss the need to hire individuals returning to the workforce after felony incarcerations. Kerman said the women who served time with her often developed valuable skills in areas including industrial kitchens and warehouses. While incarcerated, Kerman said she worked as an electrician.