Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies

Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies (IRES) is a systems-level approach to improve reentry and employment outcomes for people returning to their communities after incarceration.

Each year, approximately 10 million people in the United States return to their communities from jail or prison. This makes up part of the estimated 70 million people in country who have an arrest or conviction record, the consequences of which can last much longer than the initial incarceration, especially with respect to employment.

Challenged with a lack of resources, reentry and employment service providers cannot serve every adult on community supervision or leaving correctional facilities who needs a job. Further, it’s been shown that some people require intensive services and programming, while others perform better with lighter interventions and supervision.

The Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies (IRES) Pilot Project was developed by the CSG Justice Center in 2013 to test innovative approaches outlined in the Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness white paper.