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.

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District of Columbia Urgent Care Clinic Makes Arrest a Public Health Opportunity

Having an urgent care clinic located only feet away from courtrooms allows judges and court staff to guarantee that people have access to services. For many defendants, this may be the first contact they’ve had with a mental health professional. Moreover, for some, this treatment may well reduce the likelihood that they will be arrested in the future.

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Connecticut Launches Prison-Based Reentry Center as Part of Statewide Initiative

As part of Governor Dannel Malloy’s Second Chance Society reentry initiative, Connecticut has opened a new reentry center at one of its prisons to help people prepare for their return to the community. At the Cybulski Community Reintegration Center, men who are within 6 to 18 months of their release receive services to address a variety of issues, including employment, housing, parenting, and substance use.

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Rikers Program Provides “Green Technology” Job Training, Placements

Working I.T. Out’s job readiness training, which focuses in part on hard skills directly related to job operations and functions, is delivered in partnership with Hostos Community College in the Bronx, while the New York City Department of Education teaches participants essential computer literacy skills. Soft skills training, such as how to talk appropriately with customers and be a team player in the workplace, is provided by STRIVE International.

Announcements

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Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails

A collaboration between the National Association of Counties, the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the American Psychiatric Foundation, Stepping Up asks county commissioners to pass a resolution committing to key actions, including collecting data to determine the extent of the problem within each jail, developing a plan that draws on proven research to combat the problem, and designing an approach to track progress going forward.

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.

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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

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Re-Examining Juvenile Incarceration

This brief from The Pew Charitable Trusts highlights a growing body of research that demonstrates that for a great number of youth involved with the juvenile justice system, lengthy out-of-home placements in secure corrections or other residential facilities do not lead to better outcomes than other alternative sanctions.

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Practice Profile: Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment

This snapshot from the National Institute of Justice’s CrimeSolutions.gov provides an overview of juvenile sex offender treatment interventions, their practice components, the latest research on treatment, and more.

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2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide

This resource ­from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime and the National Center for Victims of Crime is designed to help communities and victim assistance providers promote awareness of crime victim issues. It includes media campaign materials, “how to” tips, sample communication tools, updated crime statistics, and more.

Recent Headlines

Getting Out of Jail and Back to Work in ‘Second Chance City’

In 2010, Hudson County won a competitive Second Chance Act grant from the U.S. Department of Justice that funded an array of support services both behind bars and outside.The statistics released thus far show that people who receive the extra support services are getting jobs and re-offending less than the general jail and ex-offender population.

Koch Brothers are Right on Fair Chance Hiring

Koch Industries’ recent announcement that it will “ban the box” — i.e., remove from its job applications the check-box that asks about convictions — is a big step forward in the movement to break down barriers to employment for job-seekers with records.”Ban the box” doesn’t prohibit background checks, it only postpones them until later in the hiring process. It’s one item on a menu of fair-chance hiring reforms intended to ensure that job applicants are evaluated on their skills and qualifications first, rather than judged solely on past mistakes.

Do Juvenile Psychiatric Disorders Predict Violence?

Substance use disorders predict subsequent violence: males with drug use disorder and females with marijuana use disorder three years after detention have greater odds of any violence, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

2016 Candidates Are United in Call to Alter Justice System

Declared and presumed candidates for president are competing over how to reverse what they see as the policy excesses of the 1990s and the mass incarceration that has followed. Democrats and Republicans alike are putting forth ideas to reduce the prison population and rethink a system that has locked up a generation of young men, particularly African-Americans.