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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


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.

Data Sharing Makes for Successful Youth Reentry

Every year, the Juvenile Justice Center Wraparound Program in Oakland, California, provides individualized services to more than 350 youth leaving detention, helping them return to school and break the cycle of violence and incarceration in their lives.



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.

U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance

Responding to the SCA Adult Reentry Program Utilizing Mentors

With funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Reentry Resource Center hosted a webinar for organizations responding to this solicitation. In this webinar, officials from BJA will explain the grant program and application process.


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.


BLOG: NCCD Now: Pay for Success

This month-long blog series from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency features entries from stakeholders, government officials, and service providers on what makes Pay for Success models innovative and effective.


What Employers Need to Know: 
5 Essential Elements for Fair Hiring

This document from the Legal Action Center, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the National Workrights Institute provides guidance to employers and summarizes recommendations discussed in LAC’s recently released report, Best Practice Standards: The Proper Use of Criminal Records in Hiring.

Recent headlines

Supervision Program Keeps Juvenile Incarceration Rates Down

For years, local correctional facilities have been packed to the breaking point. Currently, there are about 2,600 children in Clark County’s juvenile justice system, but one program is helping lower the incarceration rate.

New Teen Custody Rules Would Widen Feds’ Oversight of Juvenile Justice

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is preparing to impose new requirements on states for confining juveniles suspected of crimes. The rules could require state and local officials to spend significantly more money at a time when federal aid for juvenile justice is declining.