Reentry

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The Reentry Policy Council

The Reentry Policy Council was established in 2001 to assist state government officials grappling with the increasing number of people leaving prisons and jails to return to the communities they left behind. The Reentry Policy Council was formed with two specific goals in mind: to develop bipartisan policies and principles for elected officials and other policymakers to consider as they evaluate reentry issues in their jurisdictions and to facilitate coordination and information-sharing among organizations implementing reentry initiatives, researching trends, communicating about related issues, or funding projects.

The Reentry Policy Council is a national project coordinated by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, a national nonprofit organization that serves policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels from all branches of government. The Justice Center provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies – informed by available evidence – to increase public safety and strengthen communities.

The National Reentry Resource Center

Funded by the Second Chance Act of 2008, and launched by the Council of State Governments Justice Center in 2009, the 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.

Recent Posts

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House Passes Bill Funding Key Justice Programs

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) 2015 federal spending bill that funds Department of Justice (DOJ) programs. The bill provides $27.8 billion for DOJ programs in FY2015, an increase of $383 million over current spending.

Announcements

Webinars

Integrated Reentry and Employment

Reentry and Employment White Paper, Pilot Site Opportunity

This webinar provides policymakers and practitioners in the criminal justice, corrections, and workforce development fields with an overview of the recently published white paper, Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness.

Publications

National Institute of Corrections

Jail Reentry Planning: A Little Collaboration and Communication Go a Long Way

This article from the National Jail Exchange of the National Institute of Corrections describes how the Kent County Office of Community Corrections and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department in Michigan collaborated to launch a reentry system for individuals at a Kent County jail, under the Transition from Jail to Community (TJC) initiative.

Recent headlines

Electronic Monitoring Changes for Sex Offenders Wearing Them

Sex offenders accounted for 80 percent of all electronically monitored criminals in Iowa in 2013, the Iowa Department of Corrections’ 2013 annual report stated. Monitoring systems, which are tracking devices attached to the offender, vary in strictness.

Costs Reaching Billions for Treating Aging Prison Population

Providing health care to an aging prison population is a large and growing cost for states. Not only do inmates develop debilitating conditions at a younger age than people who are not incarcerated, but caring for them in the harsh environment of prisons is far more expensive than it is on the outside.

Task Force on Juvenile Justice Reform Meets for First Time

Governor Tomblin’s task force working to reform the state’s juvenile justice system met for the first time in Charleston today. The group of some 30 members is tasked with presenting legislative recommendations before the end of the year.

States to Concentrate on Juvenile Justice Reforms

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of four states Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan and Tennessee to examine ways to improve outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

Capitol Hill Roundtable: Interrupt the “Poverty-to-Prison Pipeline”

You’ve heard about the “school-to-prison pipeline.”Now, add to that the “cradle-to-prison pipeline,” the “poverty-to-prison pipeline” and the “prison-to-poverty pipeline.” Whatever you call the phenomenon, “it’s a pipeline you don’t want a child to be going down,” Roy Austin Jr., an aide to President Barack Obama, said last week at a Capitol Hill roundtable on anti-poverty strategies and juvenile justice reform.