The Report of the Re-Entry Policy Council: Charting the Safe and Successful Return of Prisoners to the Community

Report of the reentry policy council smallThis publication from the Council of State Governments reflects the results of a series of meetings among 100 of the most respected workforce, health, housing, public safety, family, community and victim experts in the country. The report provides 35 policy statements, each of which is a consensus-based principle that should be an underpinning of a reentry initiative. Each policy statement is followed by a description of the problem it addresses, and this discussion typically includes research highlights, which summarize relevant statistics and studies. Recommendations, presented as lettered statements in bold text, identify those steps that should be taken to implement the corresponding policy. Hundreds of examples cited draw attention to interesting reentry efforts in a variety of communities. Topics include planning a reentry initiative; reviewing reentry processes, from admission to the institution to return to the community; and the elements of effective health and social service systems.