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This paper presents an overview of housing options used for persons with mental illness who have had contact with the criminal justice system.

The Reentry Mapping Network is a collaborative effort by community-based organizations and the Urban Institute, designed to create community change through the mapping and analysis of neighborhood-level data on prisoner reentry.

Discussion of paper that presents an overview of housing options used for persons with mental illness who have had contact with the criminal justice system.

A guide for law enforcement from the Justice Department, including model reentry programs from across the country.

Supported by research, this Re-Entry Policy Council report provides 35 policy statements, each of which is a consensus-based principle that could provide the basis for a re-entry initiative

Funded by SAMHSA, the goal of this nationwide offender re-entry initiative is to encourage states to devise innovative programs to reduce the likelihood of re-incarceration by providing tailored supervision and services to improve the odds for a successful transition to the community

This best practice model presents a set of critical elements that are likely to improve outcomes for persons with co-occurring disorders who are released from jail.

The aim of this publication is to initiate an informed discussion among law enforcement agencies and community partners regarding reentry strategies. This material does not constitute a step-by-step guide in creating and implementing a reentry programbut rather provides an overview of topics that should be considered and addressed within that development process. Recognizing that each jurisdiction is unique, this toolkit allows each agency to assess its unique circumstances and develop a plan of action that best suits its situation. For further information on re-entry:

A new policy brief from the Pew Public Safety Performance Project highlights community corrections strategies that can help policy makers and practitioners improve public safety and make better use of scarce public funds. Putting Public Safety First: 13 Strategies for Successful Supervision and Reentry is part of an ongoing series of policy briefs published by The Pew Center on the States. The 13 strategies outlined in this brief were the consensus findings from two meetings of national experts held over the past year by the Urban Institute, in collaboration with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the JEHT Foundation. For the extended report please go the the following link:

On September 19, 2013, the Council of State Governments Justice Center released Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness, a white paper that provides a new tool that can be used as a starting point for cross-systems collaborations to reduce reincarceration and unemployment among adults with criminal histories. It presents guidance to policymakers, corrections and community supervision administrators, and workforce development providers on how to make the best use of scarce resources by using objective, assessment-based approaches that take into account individuals’ risk of future criminal behavior, level of job readiness, and their need for services in order to produce better reentry, employment, and public safety outcomes.

This guide was crafted to serve as a starting point for police officials to direct and assess progress on reentry, which has helped agencies identify areas of weakness or issues that created implementation challenges. The learning sites project (CSG and COPS initiative) was launched to take agencies to the next level by providing detailed recommendations for overcoming some of these commonly experienced obstacles to program implementation. The rich information gleaned from practitioners’ experiences at the learning sites (and beyond) is summarized in this report. The major challenges the agencies face can be grouped into three categories: collaboration, program terms, and data collection and analysis. In an effort to address these, this report provides information on the following recommendations, grounded in advice from law enforcement professionals and their partners on the front lines of reentry.

This report provides data regarding offenders discharged from substance abuse treatment facilities. It also outlines the challenges faced by individuals once they are released from this program ranging from unemployment to lack of health care coverage. These challenges highlight the importance of discharge planning and aftercare for individuals who are re-entering mainstream society. Discharge planning and aftercare may act as a means of mitigating the stressors unique to criminal justice clients.

Implementation Success and Challenges in Jacksonville, Florida

"The purpose of Guidelines for Successful Transition of People with Mental or Substance Use Disorders from Jail and Prison: Implementation Guide is to provide behavioral health, correctional, and community stakeholders with examples of the implementation of successful strategies for transitioning people with mental or substance use disorders from institutional correctional settings into the community." (SAMHSA, 2017)