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.

Key Staff

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Erica Nelson
Project Manager, Corrections and Reentry
Erica Nelson oversees initiatives focused on improving collaborations between corrections, reentry, and workforce development agencies to improve the economic mobility of people involved with the criminal justice system. She provides training to federal grantees and technical assistance to service providers
on evidence-based and best practices in the corrections and workforce development arenas and promotes public and private sector dialogues around employment and reentry issues. Erica has co-authored best practice guides, articles, and other resources to support local, state, and national reentry and employment efforts. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Erica worked for more than a decade in corrections and workforce development. As a work coordinator for the Montgomery County (Maryland) Department of Correction and Rehabilitation and the Baltimore County Department of Corrections, she leveraged employer partnerships to help people with criminal justice system involvement obtain and retain employment. Erica earned a MA in public administration from the University of Baltimore and a BS in criminal justice from Coppin State University.
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