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Reentry Programs Database Launched

The Department of Justice supported the development of an online Reentry Programs Database to help policymakers, practitioners, and citizens share innovative programs and promising practices for reentry. Successful reentry programs are essential to ongoing efforts to reduce recidivism, cut prison expenditures, and increase public safety. The database was developed by the Council of State Governments Justice Center and funded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).

The Reentry Programs Database will help promote the sharing of promising practices, while highlighting progress in the field. It will also help former prisoners and their families find local programs.

Reentry program administrators at the state, local, and tribal level can use the database to create profiles of programs. Administrators can enter programs by completing an online survey including information on target population, services, program activities, and data collection efforts. All information is self-reported and does not necessarily represent best practices. The information will, however, help professionals understand what is being done in other communities.

Using customizable search functions, database users can generate targeted lists of programs by state or topic area. Topic areas include employment, housing, law enforcement, and families.

The new database is part of BJA’s growing array of practical tools for professionals in the reentry field. BJA also administers the National Reentry Resource Center, which provides education, training, and technical assistance to state, local, and tribal prisoner reentry professionals. Complete information about BJA’s reentry initiatives is available online.

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