Reentry Research

Justice Center – The Council of State Government

Serves policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels from all branches of government.  Staff provides practical, nonpartisan advice and evidence-based, consensus-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities.

The website, Justice Center , provides information focused on Corrections, Law Enforcement, Courts, Justice Reinvestment, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Reentry, and Youth.  The website is a rich resource.


Crime Solutions

 The Office of Justice Programs’ uses rigorous research to determine what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services.

We provide:

  • Research on program effectiveness reviewed and rated by Expert Reviewers
  • Easily understandable ratings based on the evidence that indicates whether a program achieves its goals: (Program Review and Rating from Start to Finish)
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  • Key program information and research findings


Substance Abuse Information

Provides current information about substance abuse treatment.   We are working toward a vision where all young people will be able to live their lives free of drug and alcohol abuse

By bringing together renowned scientists, parent experts and communications professionals, The Partnership at Drug Free translates the science of teen drug use and addiction for families. At Drug Free, you can find a wealth of information, tools and opportunities to help prevent and get help for drug and alcohol abuse by teens and young adults.

The Join Together group provides the latest information about substance abuse and addiction that impacts your work, life and community.

Help a Loved One Overcome Addiction.  Go to the Mayo Clinic website, Mayo Clinic РIntervention,to learn how you can help someone you love to overcome addiction.

Addiction Helpline: Recovery Connection provides a help line.  Go to Recovery Connection to learn how you can help yourself, someone else, and the community regarding addiction. 

Medicare Support Рfor Substance Abuse.  Local Medicare support for Substance Abuse Recovery can be found at  EHealth Medicare


Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy

Provides excellent information about how Criminal Justice organizations must collaborate with a mix of providers and community organizations to significantly improve effective reentry, improve community safety, and reduce taxpayer costs.  The collaborative partners include:

Criminal Justice, Education and Training, Health Care and Behavioral Health, Housing, Workforce Development and Employment, Community Faith-based and Neighborhood Organizations, Individuals with Direct Involvement/Experience/Interest in Reentry, Elected and Appointed Officials, Transportation

A collaborative process, etc. will help establish a seamless transition from incarceration to the community.


Outline of Reentry Guidelines

Reentry Guidelines offers tried and evidence-tested suggestions for men and women preparing to leave incarceration and reenter society as well as for reentry professionals, service providers, and volunteers.
For currently and formerly incarcerated incarcerated men and women. This is a general outline; guidelines must be individualized to accommodate the needs and circumstances of each person.

New York State Department of Correctional Services, “Coming Home, A Family’s Guide to Reunification,” in¬†Spanish¬†and¬†English¬†Family Survival Guide: Information, Resources and Personal Stories for Families with Incarcerated Loved Ones Rally for Emancipation and Empowerment, 2010). Magnificent effort to construct a comprehensive aid for all. Essays, contact information for NYS prisons, poignant testimony.

Back to School: A Guide to Continuing Your Education After Prison (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York: Spring 2008, pp. 66). Completely available here in PDF form for reading or downloading. Go to it!

1. Before release

(1) Develop a reentry plan that suits your situation and prospects

(2) Realistically review your mental and emotional preparedness for release

(3) Meet and connect with a representative of a reentry organization at home

(4) Think about how to reunite with family if relations are strained or broken

(6) “Prison dads learn meaning of ‘Father‘,” by Rich Jervis, USA Today, 06/17/10.

(7) Obtain photo ID with you legal name, Social Security number and date of birth; learn how and where to use it. Know how to get a copy of your rap sheet.
Realize it takes time and patience to achieve a new life on the outside

2. After release

(1) Confer with your parole or probation officer

(2) Confer with your local reentry organization contact

(3) Consider the value of a mentor, a trusted and faithful advisor

(4) Obtain a mentor and/or case worker who will work with you individually

(5) Realistically review your mental and emotional readiness for what lies before you

(6) Learn to pace yourself and your activities

(7) Be comfortable where you live; seek further advice about housing if needed

(8) Eat moderately yet well

(9) Take time for recreation, to be at peace with yourself

(10)If necessary, get help to plan your finances

(11)Take part in reentry assistance groups and others, such as AA, NA, etc.

(12)Possibly apply for Emergency Assistance (County Department of Health and Human Services [DHS])

(11)Review your rap sheet for possible errors; correct rap sheet errors

(12)Apply for medical (Medicaid) coverage

(13)If necessary, apply for Food Stamps (DHS)

(14)Begin, or continue, recovery and health maintenance services

(15)See professionals on health issues, whether physical or mental, chronic or casual

3. Sentencing reforms etc. relevant to reentry

Sentencing Guidelines for alcohol and other drug problems.
(New): Sentencing Commission Releases Guidelines on Alternative Penalties: News summary, 05/04/10: Judges may depart from federal sentencing guidelines to refer such offenders to addiction treatment or other alternatives to incarceration, according to new¬†guidelines issued by the¬†U.S. Sentencing Commission. Information¬†from website “Join Together: Advancing Effective Alcohol and Drug Policy,Prevention, and Treatment” at Boston University.