Reentry Publications

Justice Center Publications

Guidelines for the Successful Transition of People with Behavioral Health Disorders from Jail and Prison

Guidelines for the Successful Transition of People with Behavioral Health Disorders from Jail and Prison

Developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation in collaboration with the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the guidelines promote the criminal justice partnerships that are necessary to develop successful approaches for identifying individuals in need of services, determining what services those individuals need, and addressing these needs during transition from incarceration to community-based treatment and supervision.

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Lessons Learned: Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy

The CSG Justice Center’s Lessons Learned: Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy describes how four law enforcement agencies used the principles outlined in Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy to engage in local-level reentry partnerships in order to reduce crime and increase public safety in their jurisdictions.

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The Impact of Probation and Parole Populations on Arrest in Four California Cities

The Impact of Probation and Parole Populations on Arrests in Four California Cities is an unprecedented study that answers one question that to date has been a matter of speculation among law enforcement and corrections officials everywhere: to what extent do people on probation and parole contribute to crime, as measured by arrests?

States Report Reductions in Recidivism

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center’s National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) released this policy brief on September 25, 2012 highlighting a number of states reporting significant reductions in recidivism.

Breaking Schools’ Rules: A Statewide Study of How School Discipline Relates to Students’ Success and Juvenile Involvement

The study analyzed records from school and juvenile justice databases to track nearly one million public secondary students, examining the relationship between school discipline, academic performance and juvenile justice involvement. Dr. Tony Fabelo, Austin-based Research Director for the Justice Center, led the research team.

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Reentry Housing Options: The Policymakers’ Guide

This guide provides practical steps that lawmakers and others can take to increase public safety through better access to affordable housing for individuals released to the community. The guide provides an overview of several commonly accessed housing options and their benefits and limitations. It also examines three distinct approaches to increasing the availability of these housing options: improving access, increasing housing stock and revitalizing neighborhoods. Examples are also provided of how each approach has been put into action by particular programs.

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Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy

This toolkit has been designed as a guide and self-assessment tool for policing personnel and their partners to help reduce repeat crimes and facilitate successful reintegration by the more than 700,000 individuals who return to our communities from prisons each year and the more than 9 million from jails.

Reentry Partnerships: A Guide for States & Faith-Based and Community Organizations

The Justice Center, with funding support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice and the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, U.S. Department of Labor, developed a guide that offers practical recommendations for how state government officials and community-based service providers can better use limited resources to help people released from prisons and jails successfully and safely rejoin neighborhoods and families.

Repaying Debts

This publication from the Council of State Governments Justice Center discusses how policymakers can increase accountability among people who commit crimes, improve rates of child support collection and victim restitution, and make people’s transition from prisons and jails to the community […]

External Publications

Critical Elements of Juvenile Reentry in Research and Practice

The strategies presented here 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.

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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.

Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice

Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice

The Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice website has launched and serves as a resource hub for state and local jurisdictions that seek to improve outcomes for youth and families involved in juvenile justice and youth-serving systems and to enhance system performance.