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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

Launch of Fair Employment Opportunities Project

The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law have launched the Fair Employment Opportunities Project.


The Utah Association of Counties Explores Solutions to Reduce Recidivism

By Will Engelhardt, Policy Analyst In January 2014, the Utah Association of Counties invited national experts to lead a training event on recidivism reduction for its members. Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) Director Michael Thompson and [...]


National Alliance on Mental Illness

Ask the Doctor Teleconference on Mental Health Courts

This latest installment of NAMI’s Ask the Doctor teleconference series features a discussion about mental health courts with Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida (Broward County).



Youthful Offenders – DC Public Safety Television

This video, aired on DC Public Safety Television and produced by Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA) and the Office of Cable Television, provides an overview of CSOSA’ efforts to implement best practices for [...]

Statewide Recidivism Reduction Grant Program

The Second Chance Act Statewide Recidivism Reduction Grant Program: An Orientation for Criminal Justice Policy Advisors to State Governors

This webinar provides an overview of the Second Chance Act Statewide Recidivism Reduction (SRR) Grant Program. It is intended for policymakers from 13 states–Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Vermont, and West Virginia–that received SRR planning grants from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance in FY2013. Your Source for Criminal Justice Research Evidence

This webinar provides an overview of Maintained by the National Institute of Justice, the searchable website features programs and practices in fields of criminal justice, juvenile justice, and victims’ services as well as rigorous evaluations of their effectiveness. webinar Your Source for Criminal Justice Research Evidence

Hosted by the Justice Research and Statistics Association, this archived webinar offers a general overview of, a website that provides rigorous, reliable, and consistent Information about and evaluations of programs and interventions in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and victim services.



Estimating the Benefits of a Faith-Based Reentry Program

This research report from the Minnesota Department of Corrections and Baylor University’s Institute of Studies of Religion summarizes the evaluation results of InnerChange Freedom Initiative, a faith-based reentry program that has operated within Minnesota’s prison system since 2002. The authors [...]

Evidence-based Pretrial Release: Final Paper

This paper from the Conference of State Court Administrators provides information on how the use of evidence-based assessments during pretrial can help reduce the number of individuals who are detained in the pretrial, without violating the judicial process or compromising public safety interests.

Recent headlines

Tool Helps Match Offenders at Risk or Recidivism to Support Programs

Topeka-Capital Journal By Corey Jones Officials with the Kansas Judicial Branch are touting the statewide implementation of an offender assessment tool targeted at snapping the cycle of relapse criminals and integrating them successfully into the community. The Kansas Supreme Court [...]

Vermont Competes for Money to Help Ex-offenders

As part of a statewide push to effectively combat drug crime, Vermont will compete with as many as a dozen other states for up to $3 million to support strategies to improve the success rates for keeping ex-offenders from returning to prison.

Corrections Leaders Weigh Tactics to Curb Recidivism

Kansas Secretary of Corrections Ray Roberts, along with teams of policymakers from 13 states, are meeting in Washington today to discuss strategies to improve success rates for people released from prison.

Senate advances revamped bail system

A key state Senate committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would have the state eventually rely on a computer system to determine who gets released from jail after arrest and who has to post bail. The computerized “risk assessment tool” would decide which offenders would have to wait to see a judge about bail, and would replace the state’s current two-step system that relies on court commissioners to make that call.

Health people graduates young men in probation

NEW YORK, MARCH 26, 2014 – A gala “Completion Ceremony” on Wednesday March 26th will mark a major milestone for young men in Health People’s Arches program, a key New York City Young Men’s Initiative especially designed to help young men on probation take new responsibility for themselves and their future.

In new step to fight recidivism, Attorney General Holder announces Justice Department to require federal halfway houses to boost treatment services for inmates prior to release

In a new step to further the Justice Department’s efforts towards enhancing reentry among formerly incarcerated individuals, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) will impose new requirements on federal halfway houses that help inmates transition back into society.

Drug courts making a much needed comeback

Massachusetts’ Governor Patrick recently proposed funding to a new set of legal resources designed to address these issues. Drug Courts that have existed in various forms for many years just received support for five new courts in the Commonwealth. These “Problem Solving Courts” are staffed with social workers and other treatment professionals who work with probation officers and judges to structure necessary treatment programs for those who, because of their illness, are not currently capable of engaging in these programs themselves.