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Prisoner Reentry

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Federal Interagency Reentry CouncilThe DOJ Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships seeks to widen the range of grantees and partners working in community-based reentry programs. Faith-based organizations often provide reentry services effectively and at lower costs than that of other organizations, 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 affects public safety, public health, family networks and community well-being, especially in communities already faced with high levels of crime and unemployment.

  • Federal and state corrections facilities held over 1.5 million prisoners at the end of 2015.
  • At least 95 percent of state prisoners will be released back to their communities at some point.
  • During 2015, state and federal prisons released 641,000 people, an increase of 4,700 from 2014.
  • In 2015, almost 11 million people were admitted to and released from local jails.
  • More than 6.7 million individuals were under U.S. adult correctional supervision, including probation or parole, at the end of 2015.
  • In a study that looked at recidivism in over 40 states, more than four in 10 offenders returned to state prison within three years of their release.
  • In 2015, parole violators accounted for 27 percent of all prison admissions, 28.6 percent of state admissions and 9.2 percent of federal admissions. Twenty-three percent of adults exiting parole in 2010 - 127,918 individuals - returned to prison as a result of violating their terms of supervision, and 9 percent of adults exiting parole in 2010 - 49,334 individuals - returned to prison as a result of a new conviction.
National Criminal Justice Initiatives Map

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:

September 27, 2011 Reentry Council Photo Gallery

Audio Link and Slides for 1/31/12 Webinar on Faith & Community-Based Approaches to Offender Reentry

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