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CSG Justice Center Launches National Reentry Resource Center

The Council of State Governments Justice Center has launched the National Reentry Resource Center—an unprecedented initiative to advance the safe and successful return of individuals from prisons and jails to their communities. States, tribes, territories, local governments, service providers, nonprofit organizations and adult and juvenile corrections institutions are among those served by the resource center.
The CSG Justice Center was selected through a competitive grant process by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, to develop and direct the resource center in collaboration with the Urban Institute, American Probation and Parole Association, Association of State Correctional Administrators and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University, and an advisory board of 25 national organizations serving the re-entry field.
Authorized by the Second Chance Act of 2007, the resource center will provide communities across the country with the best thinking on complex re-entry issues, comprehensive resources and myriad forms of support that can help reduce recidivism and strengthen neighborhoods and families. It will provide needed training and technical assistance to Second Chance Act grant recipients and provide a single point of contact for the many individuals and organizations that are committed to re-entry issues.
“There are 2.3 million people serving time in our federal and state prisons, and millions of people cycling through local jails every year. Ninety-five percent of all prisoners will eventually be released to our communities and we all have a stake in making sure they are successful,” said New York Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry, chairman of the Justice Center board. “The Justice Center is pleased to continue its work with all key stakeholders through the National Reentry Resource Center to develop data-driven, consensus-based reentry policies that reduce criminal activity and best use taxpayer dollars.”
The National Reentry Resource Center will continue the CSG Justice Center’s commitment to collaboration and will draw on the experience and expertise of its many valued partner organizations, as well as its own work in the field. Among CSG's past contributions is the 2005 landmark report of its Reentry Policy Council—the result of work by 100 of the most respected workforce, health, housing, public safety, family, community and victim experts in the country. The Justice Center has also made available to the field online tools, a range of publications on prisoner re-entry, a newsletter with the latest news and information, and research and resources that guide policy reform and innovative practices. Re-entry research, publications and tools will be continually added and updated.

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