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Prisoner Reentry and Community Policing: Strategies for Enhancing Public Safety

COPSThis report from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services describes the effects of prisoner reentry on communities and the impact on community safety and public perceptions of crime. The role of the police is examined by outlining the benefits of applying community policing strategies to prisoner reentry and exploring opportunities for police involvement. The report highlights specific examples from the field of how new police roles in prisoner reentry have been put into practice across the nation. A discussion of the potential organizational and community-level challenges to expanding law enforcement’s role in reentry follows along with suggested strategies for overcoming these obstacles and opportunities for advancing police reentry initiatives from both a practical and a policy perspective.