"Reentry provides a major opportunity to reduce recidivism, save taxpayer dollars, and make our communities safer."-Attorney General Eric Holder
The DOJ Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (CFBNP) seeks to expand the range of grantees and partners working in community-based reentry programs. The Center recognizes and supports the important role that Faith-based Organizations (FBOs) have traditionally played around reentry in terms of outreach and direct services to returning individuals. Quite often, FBOs provide reentry services effectively and at lower costs than that of other organizations. Community and faith-based organizations are helping to play a critical role in reentry collaboratives all throughout the country. They provide valuable reentry services in prisons and jails and in communities, linking returning citizens to resources that can help them successfully reenter communities.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of prisoners are released from state and federal facilities, and many more are cycled through local jail facilities. This large volume of people moving in and out of correctional institutions impact public safety, public health, family networks and community well being - especially in communities already affected by crime and unemployment. The reality of the need for reentry services are described below.
To find out more information about how your organization can assist with Prisoner Reentry efforts in your community visit the National Reentry Resource Center for information about grants and best practices: http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/audiences/community-faith-based