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Reducing Recidivism and Increasing Job Readiness

Preparing people who are incarcerated for employment upon their release is a key part of ensuring successful reentry and, consequently, lessening the chance of reoffending. The Reentry and Employment Project advises policymakers on how they can support the programs and practices proven to work, as well as offers resources for corrections, workforce, and reentry project administrators and practitioners to understand and collaborate on such programs and practices.

Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies:
Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness

Challenged with a lack of resources, reentry and employment service providers cannot serve every adult on community supervision or leaving correctional facilities who needs a job. Further, it’s been shown that some people require intensive services and programming, while others perform better with lighter interventions and supervision.

The Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies white paper can help policymakers, system administrators, and practitioners collaboratively determine whether resources are focused on the right people, with the right interventions, at the right time.

Video: Bridging Reentry and Workforce Development: A Shared Approach to Strengthening Communities

The Resource-Allocation and Service-Matching Tool

People returning to their communities after incarceration have a variety of needs and often require tailored services. The Resource-Allocation and Service-Matching tool (below) focuses on the use of assessments to determine the likelihood that a person will reoffend, as well as his or her level of job readiness. The results of these assessments fall into four groups, each requiring distinct employment services delivered in specific ways.

Related Tools and Resources

Select a topic area below to access tools and resources for implementing programs that reduce recidivism and promote job readiness.