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National Reentry Week – Resources for Partners

Background & Overview Data & Statistics Reentry Programs Resources for Justice Involved Individuals Nonprofit Organizations Technical Assistance

Background and Overview

The U.S. Department of Justice is designating April 24-30, 2016 as National Reentry Week to raise public awareness of the importance of Reentry strategies for formerly incarcerated individuals who have paid their debt to society. Helping these individuals successfully transition back to their communities Reentry programs promote opportunity, bolster public safety, and give formerly incarcerated individuals the full chance they deserve to rejoin our communities and strengthen our nation. More on the Department of Justice Blog

The Office of Minority Health is proud to support National Reentry Week because the effects of incarceration are felt far beyond prison walls and impact health. Racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately represented in the correctional system. In addition to pressing needs such as housing, employment, and educational opportunities, justice-involved individuals have disproportionately high rates of chronic health conditions, and mental health issues and substance use disorders are common. Poorer access to health coverage and health care pose significant challenges for this population, can contribute to a worsening of their health status, and are associated with higher rates of recidivism. The health sector, therefore, has an important role to play in supporting formerly incarcerated individuals to address their health needs. Access to health care and improved health status may also lead to improved opportunities for employment, housing, and family support. All Americans, including those who are formerly incarcerated and have paid their debt to society, should have the opportunity to reach their full potential for health.

More Resources

New Guidelines for Successful Transition From Jail and Prison
Justice Department Releases 2016 Federal Interagency Reentry Council Report
Fair Chance Business Pledge
The Council of Economic Advisors
National Institute of Justice overview and research portfolio
US DOJ Center for Faith Based & Neighborhood Partnerships
More DOJ Resources on Prisoners and Prisoner Reentry
Evaluation of Second Chance Programs
Children of Incarcerated Parents Federal Website
Office of Child Support Enforcement
SAMHSA’s Efforts on Criminal and Juvenile Justice Issues
Reentry Education Toolkit
Health and Mental Health Services Vital to Successful Re-entry of Previously Incarcerated Individuals

Data and Statistics

Bureau of Justice – Reentry Trends in the US
National Resource Reentry Center Exit Disclaimer

Reentry Programs

OMH HIV/AIDS Health Improvement for the Reentry Population (HIRE)
Federal Funding and Services for Prisoner Reentry
Federal Bureau of Prisons Reentry Programs
Residential Reentry Centers
Reentry Programs by State Exit Disclaimer
Mercy Corps Northwest-ROAR Exit Disclaimer
Reentry Programs for Women Inmates Exit Disclaimer
Ex-Prisoner Reentry Pilot Project
National H.I.R.E Network Exit Disclaimer

Resources for Justice Involved Individuals

Children of Incarcerated Parents
Tips for incarcerated parents
Tips for correctional staff
Tips for mentors
Tips for teachers
National Resource Center for Children and Families of the Incarcerated Exit Disclaimer

Nonprofit Organizations

National Coalition of Community-Based Correctional and Community Reentry Service Organizations (National Network of Prison Nonprofits)
Justice Center –The Council of State Governments National Reentry Resource Center

Technical Assistance

Incarceration & Reentry
Health Care Coverage for Reentering Men
The Importance of Medicaid Coverage for Criminal Justice Involved Individuals Reentering Their Communities
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Roadmap to Reentry
The Department of Justice (DOJ)

Reentry Resources for Individuals, Providers, Communities and States

Findings on Best Practices of Community Reentry Programs for Previously Incarcerated Persons (2007)
Eisenhower Foundation

Building Knowledge about Successful Prisoner Reentry Strategies (2013)
Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation

Implementing a Reentry Program According to Best Practices (2007)
Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety

Leading Best Practices in US Prisoner Reentry Employment Programs
SAFER Foundation

Mentoring Ex-Prisoners: A Guide for Prisoner Reentry Programs (2007)
Department of Labor

Office of Minority Health

Reducing Ex-offender Health Disparities through the Affordable Care Act: Fostering Improved Health Care Access and Linkages to Integrated Care AIMS Public Health , 2014, 1(2): 76-83. doi: 10.3934/publichealth.2014.2.76 Lacreisha Ejike-King, Rashida Dorsey U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health

Office of Minority Health Resource Center
Select articles on reentry in minority populations from the OMH Resource Center.

SAMHSA- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation.
SAMHSA’s Efforts on Criminal and Juvenile Justice Issues

Justice Center-The Council of State Governments
National Reentry Resource Center
Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness

National Institute of Justice Publications and Videos

Consequences of a Prison Record for Employment: How Do Race, Ethnicity & Gender Factor In?
NCJ 245440, February 2014, Recorded Seminar, by Scott Decker (11 pages)
Detail | HTML (Transcript) | VIDEO (01:11:29)

Second Chance Act: What Have We Learned About Reentry Programs So Far?
Interview With Ron D'Amico

NCJ 243010, June 2013, Remarks/Interview, by Ron D'Amico (1 pages)
Detail | HTML (Transcript) | VIDEO (00:07:45)

'Cultural Shift' Is Among Findings of Second Chance Act Evaluation
NCJ 244147, December 2013, NIJ Journal, by Nancy Ritter (7 pages)

Improving Access to Services for Female Offenders Returning to the Community
NCJ 237725, March 2012, NIJ Journal, by Marie Garcia, Nancy Ritter (6 pages)

In Search of a Job: Criminal Records as Barriers to Employment
NCJ 238488, June 2012, NIJ Journal, by Amy L. Solomon (10 pages)

National Institute of Justice Grant Reports:

Childhood Trauma and Its Effects: Implication for the Police (2015)

Investigating Prisoner Reentry: The Impact of Conviction Status on the Employment Prospects of Young Men (2009)

Reentry: Dynamic Risk Assessment

The Effectiveness of Prisoner Reentry Services as Crime Control: The Fortune Society

For more resources on reentry, including customized funding and literature searches, contact the OMH Resource Center at or 800-444-6472.

Last Modified: 4/20/2017 1:34:00 PM