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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After Prison, a Fresh Start Through PACE

“It’s so easy to get in trouble,” Spruill said, “but it can take a lifetime to get out of it. That’s why you need that support, to help you remember to stay on track, stay patient.”

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Criminal Justice Experts Join CSG Justice Center

A diverse group of criminal justice professionals from across the country have joined the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center as advisors, expanding the expertise of the organization to assist its core projects, including the National Reentry Resource Center, the Justice Reinvestment Initiative and the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program.

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Risk Assessment: What You Need to Know

A recent Associated Press story on risk assessments, performed to determine the likelihood that someone involved in the criminal justice system will reoffend, contains several common misunderstandings. By taking a closer look at a few of these misconceptions, we hope to clarify some major points about risk assessment overall.

Announcements

National Institute of Corrections

Register Now for Webinar: Integrating Green Corrections

This webinar will highlight sustainable or “green” programs at the Indiana Department of Correction’s Branchville Correctional Facility, and will explain how these programs have helped support facility operations and provided education and job training, among other benefits.

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Call for Applicants for Adult Reentry Program Funding

The purpose of the program, authorized by the Workforce Investment Act and the Second Chance Act of 2007, is to assist people who are returning to the community after incarceration in gaining industry-recognized job credentials and employment.

Webinars

Publications

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Web Training: Job Retention Strategies for Ex-Offenders

This training will discuss reentry employment programs that successfully integrate pre- and post-employment services to support people who have criminal records, and strategies to help increase their job retention rates.

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Criminal History Screening and College Application Attrition

This report from the Center for Community Alternatives examines the impact that a request for disclosure of criminal records can have on applicants to the State University of New York, and suggests that it can lead to “felony application attrition,” a phenomenon where applicants do not complete their applications after seeing or responding to the relevant question.

Recent Headlines

New Jail Employment Program Created to ‘Break the Cycle’

“Correctional Career Pathways” is the first of its kind in Tennessee and possibly nationally, said Kim Gass, Greeneville City Schools adult education supervisor, who will oversee the program in Greene County.

The initiative, which offers classes to qualified inmates and then places them in jobs in local industry, will be launched in early April. A first class of 10 female inmates will gradate next week.

Ohio Wants to Link Inmates to Jobs Upon Release

Prison Director Gary Mohr outlined initiatives during a statewide reentry coalition meeting Thursday in Chillicothe that would recruit businesses to not only consider employing someone with a criminal record, but also interview them for a job before they are released.

Food Service Training Aims to End Recidivism

Those who work at the Prince William-Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center are always looking for ways to reduce recidivism, and they hope a new program they’ve recently instituted might help. Nine inmates recently passed the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe food protection manager’s course, which teaches people how to safely cook, prepare and store food.

Haunted by the Past: A Criminal Record Shouldn’t Ruin a Career

The assumption that an individual should pay for a crime indefinitely through ongoing social and economic exclusion never imposed by a court runs counter to the ideals of rehabilitation and redemption that we claim as fundamental in our justice system and in our social fabric. How can employers preserve opportunities for people with criminal records while addressing concerns about public safety and employer liability?