Publications/Resources

In Our Backyard: Overcoming Community Resistance to Reentry Housing (A NIMBY Toolkit) 
Community opposition can be one of the greatest challenges an organization must face as it works to establish services for populations that are considered "threatening." "Not in My Back Yard" – commonly referred to as NIMBY – resistance can result in significant program delays or even complete shutdown. The NIMBY Toolkit focuses on helping organizations address a very specific issue when developing the capacity to provide housing to formerly incarcerated people and provides a statement of possibility for others who are seeking to house needy and feared populations.  This toolkit was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance, and developed by PRI and The Fortune Society with contributions from the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Employing Your Mission: Building Cultural Competence in Reentry Service Agencies through the Hiring of Individuals Who Are Formerly Incarcerated and/or in Recovery
Funded by the United States Department of Justice and developed in collaboration with The Fortune Society, this toolkit addresses several interrelated issues regarding the successful reentry into society of formerly incarcerated men and women. First, there is a reentry crisis of unparalleled proportion currently facing communities in the United States. Because incarceration both profoundly impacts those who experience it and disproportionately affects low-income people of color, the response to it needs to be culturally competent across a spectrum of issues. Second, there is an important employment component to individuals' reentry experience. While stable employment is critical to the successful reintegration into society of those returning home, the formerly incarcerated nonetheless confront significant barriers to employment, including discrimination based on their conviction records. Finally – and this is the core of this toolkit – one way to address both of these issues is to build "cultural competence" within reentry services by hiring formerly incarcerated men and women to reflect the experiences and realities of the reentry population and provide services more effectively.

The Greening of Corrections: Creating a Sustainable System
Funded by the National Institute of Corrections, this publication provides correctional professionals with an understanding of how to: 1) build or transform correctional agencies into self-sustaining facilities: 2) identify green job training programs and jobs for prisoners that provide quality employment opportunities; and 3) make prison industry products, jobs and services more environmentally friendly. This guide was developed in partnership with the National Institute for Work and Learning of AED, RicciGreen Associates, and The Corps Network.

Partnering with Jails to Improve Reentry: A Guidebook for Community-Based Organizations
Featuring background information about the criminal justice system and an understanding of the importance of collaborating with local jails, the guide provides a comprehensive overview of the potential for community-based organizations (CBO) to dramatically influence the reentry landscape. This guide was developed in partnership with The Urban Institute and includes profiles of successful partnerships from the around the country, resources from the field and important information for any CBO, large or small, considering such a partnership.

Transition from Jail to Community Implementation Toolkit
The National Institute of Corrections and The Urban Institute developed the Transition from Jail to Community (TJC) Implementation Toolkit, a web-based learning resource designed to guide jurisdictions through implementation of the TJC model, in whole or in part. The Toolkit serves as a hands-on resource for users interested in jail reentry, whether in a criminal justice or community-based organization. Users can navigate the nine modules at their own pace. Toolkit modules incorporate examples from jurisdictions across the country, tools developed to facilitate implementation in the six current TJC learning sites, resource suggestions, and detailed content.

Evaluation Report of the NYC Justice Corps: The Final Report of Year One Implementation
This report was released in December 2009 and the executive summary can be downloaded here. Metis Associates authored the Evaluation Report which offers a comprehensive account of the program's first 12 months from the initial start-up phase from July 2008 to September 2008 through the first nine months of the program's launch (through June 2009). It also identifies challenges faced by the program which informed refinements to the model and operational policies for the second program year, which started in September 2009.

Funded by the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity, the NYC Justice Corps is an ambitious demonstration initiative that seeks to change how communities address the reentry of young people from the criminal justice system. Specifically, the NYC Justice Corps aims to develop the capacity of neighborhoods to address the reintegration challenges of their young adults and instill in those young adults a sense of civic responsibility and accountability to the communities to which they return. The full report is available upon request.


From the Classroom to the Community: Exploring the Role of Education during Incarceration and Reentry
This monograph is the first to comprehensively address correctional education through the lens of prisoner reentry. The report synthesizes information and ideas shared at the Reentry Roundtable on Education that we co-convened with The Urban Institute in Spring 2008. The following seven papers were commissioned in preparation for the Roundtable. Final drafts of these papers and a two-hour DVD of the Roundtable discussion were made available in Fall 2008.

The following segments highlight the Roundtable discussion. The first segment (1a-1c) is entitled "Bridging Learning from Incarceration to the Community" and includes a presentation by Jeanne Bayer Contardo of the Business-Higher Education Forum and Michelle Tolbert of MPR Associates. Ms. Contardo and Ms. Tolbert's presentation provides an overview of post-secondary education opportunities in prisons and led to an excellent discussion on promising and creative strategies to increase access to post-secondary programs for the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated population. The second segment (2a-2c) includes the discussion entitled, "Incarceration: Race, Poverty and Education," and features Harvard Sociologist Bruce Western and Columbia University Law Professor Ted Shaw. Professor Western and Professor Shaw's insights on the intersections of race, education and incarceration are powerful reminders as to why efforts to improve the correctional and education systems are so important.

Life after Lockup: Improving Reentry from Jail to the Community
This report, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance, is the first national resource focusing on the transition from jail to the community, a process that confronts more than nine million people each year. The monograph presents an overview of U.S. jails and their populations and how reentry from jail differs from state and federal prison reentry, highlights 42 local reentry programs throughout the country, identifies concrete reentry steps, and explores probation's role in the process. Life After Lockup was jointly written with The Urban Institute and the Montgomery County (Maryland) Department of Correction and Rehabilitation.

The Jail Administrator's Toolkit for Reentry
As a companion to Life after Lockup, this handbook serves a practical resource for jail administrators and local correctional staff. It covers such issues as coordinating community stakeholders, identifying community resources and measuring success on a local level and it includes practical examples that jurisdictions can use to strategically respond to community reentry issues. The Jail Administrator's Toolkit was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance and was jointly written with The Urban Institute and the Montgomery County (Maryland) Department of Correction and Rehabilitation.

Mapping the Innovation in Correctional Health Care Service Delivery in New York City
This monograph, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, profiles the current pattern of the formerly incarcerated returning to New York City with particular focus on New York City's adoption of a community-based public health model for correctional health care. In a first for New York City, this project geo-mapped reentry databases to determine gaps between where individuals released from New York City Department of Correction live and the availability and accessibility of services. We hope our findings will be used to further the discussion on what components, including the role of access to providers, are necessary to facilitate post-release utilization of health care services.

Venturing beyond the Gates: Facilitating Successful Reentry with Entrepreneurship
This monograph represents the culmination of a year-long project, funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, exploring the viability of entrepreneurship as an employment strategy during reentry. We hope Venturing beyond the Gates will be a highly practical and informative tool for professionals in the fields of workforce development, economic development, criminal justice and entrepreneurship.

Back to School: A Guide to Continuing Your Education after Prison
This reentry guide, funded and revised in 2010 by the U.S. Department of Education, is intended to assist people in state prison planning to pursue or continue their education after release. It walks readers through the process of planning for and accessing education programs, including adult basic, GED, vocational, and higher education; provides instructions for accessing community resources, financial assistance, and other services; and offers practical advice at each step along the way in the form of testimonials from formerly incarcerated individuals who have realized a diverse array of educational achievements. The guide is designed to assist the work of correctional and community-based reentry staff as well as inspire and support people leaving prison to take advantage of educational resources in their communities. The 2010 edition of Back to School is available as a free publication upon request from the U.S. Department of Education's materials distribution center. Please visit www.EDPubs.gov or call 1.877-4ED-PUBS and request item number ED005088P.

National Directory of Reentry Resource Guides
This directory provides links and contact information for reentry resource guides nationally and by state. If you are aware of or have authored additional reentry guides, please tell us so we can update the directory.

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