Reentry MythBusters are fact sheets designed to clarify existing federal policies that affect formerly incarcerated individuals and their families in areas such as public housing, employment, parental rights, Medicaid suspension/termination, voting rights and more.
So who are the Reentry MythBusters helpful for?
- Prison, jail, probation, community corrections, and parole officials who want to ensure that individuals can access healthcare, behavioral health treatment, and federal benefits, as appropriate, immediately upon release to help stabilize the critical first days and weeks after incarceration. Pre‐release applications and procedures are available for certain federal benefits (veterans, Social Security, food assistance, and student financial aid).
- Reentry service providers and faith‐based organizations who want to understand the laws and policies related to public housing, employment, VA services, child support options, and parental rights while incarcerated.
- Employers and workforce development specialists who are interested in the incentives and protections involved in hiring formerly convicted individuals. The Reentry MythBusters are also helpful to employers who want to better understand the appropriate use of a criminal record in making hiring decisions.
- States and local agencies that want to understand, modify, or eliminate certain bans on benefits (TANF, SNAP) for people who have been convicted of drug felonies.
Below are links to the Reentry Mythbusters, organized by topic area. Additionally, please click here to download a recording of the Reentry Council’s webinar on the MythBusters and other questions pertaining to federal policies.
The Reentry Council, established by Attorney General Holder in January 2011, represents a significant executive branch commitment to coordinating reentry efforts and advancing effective reentry policies.
The Snapshots cover a broad range of reentry topics. Each Snapshot briefly describes the issue, summarizes Reentry Council accomplishments to date, lays out the Council’s priorities moving forward, and points to key resources and links.
• On the Federal Bonding Program
• On Hiring/Criminal Records Guidance
• On Federal Hiring Policies
• On the Work Opportunity Tax Credit
• On Criminal Histories and Employment Background Checks
• On Public Housing
Access to Federal Benefits
• On Veterans Compensation Benefits
• On Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits
• On SNAP Benefits/Mailing Address
• On SNAP Benefits/ID
• On TANF Benefits
• On Social Security Benefits
• On Voting Rights
• On Parental Rights
• On Child Support Modifications
• On Federal Tax Obligations and Benefits
• On Child Support/Drivers Licenses
• On Replacement Social Security Cards
Questions? A roster of the Reentry Council staff working group is available here.