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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

Critical Elements of Juvenile Reentry in Research and Practice

The strategies presented in this post support the National Research Council’s recently published report calling for broad goals to which juvenile justice reform should be directed: holding youth accountable for wrongdoing, preventing further offending, and treating youth fairly.

Statewide Recidivism Reduction Forum

Policy and Corrections Leaders Weigh Tactics to Curb Recidivism

Teams of policymakers—including governors’ advisors and corrections agency administrators from 13 states—met in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, March 27th to discuss strategies to improve success rates for people released from prison.

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.




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

ABA Honors Sen. Portman with Congressional Justice Award

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, receives the American Bar Association Congressional Justice Award for his efforts to combat human trafficking and for his leadership on the reauthorization of the Second Chance Act.

Gainesville School Officials Implement New Juvenile Code Changes

Gainesville schools have eliminated about 700 days of out-of-school suspension for students this academic year after implementing changes from the state juvenile code.The revised code was adopted by the Georgia General Assembly last year, with a Jan. 1 implementation date, and aims to reduce recidivism among truant, drug-using and other students with behavioral problems. The goal is prevention rather than suspension or prosecution.

Osewego County Combats Jail Overcrowding with Technology

Housing an inmate in another county costs between $90 and $100 per day. Todd says he’s looking into other options to save money, including electronic monitoring bracelets for people who meet pre-trial release criteria.

New Lucas County Jail Plan Addresses Mental Health

A proposal to construct a new Lucas County jail wouldn’t just include a larger facility that would house more inmates — it would be accompanied by a community plan to treat mentally ill inmates and those with substance-abuse problems.

Deal Signs Prisoner Re-entry Bill into Law

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed intended to reduce recidivism and help prisoners successfully re-enter society. Senate bill 365 was signed at a church in Gainesville by the Governor

Drug Court Graduates Do Well, Statistics Show

Hall County’s drug court program is an alternative to incarceration for drug offenders. Successful completion ensures there is never a conviction on their record.