Reentry Publications

Justice Center Publications

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Reducing Recidivism: States Deliver Results

In “Reducing Recidivism: States Deliver Results,” the National Reentry Resource Center highlights eight states that have achieved reductions in statewide recidivism in recent years

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.

External 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.

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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.

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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.

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Is Public Safety Realignment Reducing Recidivism in California?

This publication by the Public Policy Institute of California evaluates the impact of California’s 2011 Public Safety Realignment Act, which shifts, from the state-level to the county-level, the supervision, custody, and treatment of individuals convicted of nonviolent, non-serious, and nonsexual crimes.

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Safely Home

This report from the Youth Advocate Programs Policy and Advocacy Center highlights cost-effective, community-based alternatives to incarceration for high-needs youth.