NRRC Publications

justice center publications

State Identification: Reentry Strategies for State and Local Leaders

State Identification: Reentry Strategies for State and Local Leaders

This fact sheet is designed to educate policymakers on the impact of, and models for, issuing state identification for people leaving prisons and jails across the country. State-issued identification is often required to secure housing, apply for employment, and access social services—all factors that can play a critical role in reentry.

The Consideration of Criminal Records in Occupational Licensing

The Consideration of Criminal Records in Occupational Licensing

This factsheet, produced by the CSG Justice Center’s National Reentry Resource Center in partnership with the National Employment Law Project, is designed to serve as an informational outline for policymakers and other stakeholders who want to learn more about obstacles that individuals with criminal records face when seeking employment due to state occupational licensing policies.

Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Young Adults in the Juvenile and Adult Criminal Justice Systems

Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Young Adults in the Juvenile and Adult Criminal Justice Systems

This brief is designed to help state and local officials better support young adults in the justice system. It identifies these young adults’ distinct needs, summaries the limited research available on what works to address these needs, and provides recommendations for steps that policymakers, juvenile and adult criminal justice agency leaders, researchers, and the field can take to improve outcomes.

Infographic Series: Improving Outcomes for Youth

Infographic Series: Improving Outcomes for Youth

This infographics series detail three critical challenges faced by states to improve outcomes for youth, identify the key questions that policymakers should ask, and offer strategies for protecting public safety and using resources more efficiently.

The Consideration of Criminal Records in Hiring Decisions

The Consideration of Criminal Records in Hiring Decisions

This factsheet, produced by the CSG Justice Center’s National Reentry Resource Center in partnership with the National Employment Law Project, is designed to educate policymakers about fair-chance hiring policies, including the consideration of criminal records in hiring decisions.

Reducing Recidivism: States Deliver Results

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

External Publications

Reentry Tipsheets for Women

Reentry Tipsheets for Women

This series, from the National Institute of Corrections, is designed to help correctional staff and other supportive stakeholders, who are working with women during the pre-release planning process and during reentry to address their needs as they transition to the community.

Federal Interagency Reentry Council Fact Sheet

Federal Interagency Reentry Council Fact Sheet

The Federal Interagency Reentry Council was recognized in a 2014 GAO report as one of four model interagency collaborations, and the council’s collective work at the federal level–detailed in this fact sheet–has set a positive example for many states, several of which have started similar councils.

Economic Perspectives on Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System

Economic Perspectives on Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System

This report from the White House Council of Economic Advisors examines the historical growth in criminal justice enforcement and incarceration, along with its causes. The report also presents a framework for evaluating criminal justice policy, weighing its crime reducing benefits against its direct government costs and indirect costs for individuals, families, and communities.

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

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.

Snapshot: Employment

Snapshot: Employment

Two out of every three men were employed before they were incarcerated, and many were the primary financial contributors in their households. Individuals who have been incarcerated can expect future annual earnings to be reduced by some 40 percent after […]