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Reentry Matters: Strategies and Successes of Second Chance Act Grantees Across the United States

With over 95 percent of people in the nation’s state prisons expected to be released at some point1, officials at all levels of government recognize the need for initiatives to support the successful reentry of these individuals to their communities. For the estimated 60,000 youth incarcerated in juvenile detention and correctional facilities on any given day2, there is a particular urgency to help them avoid crime and improve their prospects for a successful future when released.

The program snapshots in this publication illustrate the positive impact these reentry initiatives can have by focusing on areas vital to successful reintegration back into the community, including employment, education, mentoring, and substance abuse and mental health treatment. Also highlighted are programs that address the needs of a particular population, such as women, youth and their families, and tribal communities. Representing a wide range of populations served, these programs also demonstrate the diversity of approaches that can address recidivism and increase public safety. 

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Bipartisan Leaders Set to Reauthorize Landmark Criminal Justice Bill; Gathering Celebrates Half-Decade of Recidivism Reduction

Senator Portman

Washington, D.C.—In an extraordinary display of bipartisan cooperation, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Congressmen Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Howard Coble (R-NC), and Bobby Scott (D-VA) came together today to mark the five-year anniversary of the Second Chance Act and to announce that they, along with other Senate and House leaders, will be introducing legislation reauthorizing the landmark act today. To read the press release for this event, click here.

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1. “Reentry Trends in the U.S.,” U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, accessed October 22, 2013, http://www.bjs.gov/content/reentry/reentry.cfm.

2. “Easy Access to the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement: 1997-2011,” Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, accessed October 22, 2013, http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezacjrp/.