By The Council of ..., November 02 2009
On October 1, 2009,the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center launched the National Reentry Resource Center—an unprecedented initiative to advance the safe and successful return of individuals from correctional facilities to their communities.
What is the CSG Justice Center?
The CSG Justice Center is a national nonprofit organization that serves policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels from all branches of government. It provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies--informed by available evidence--to increase public safety and strengthen communities.
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 reentry, a newsletter with the latest news and information, and research and resources that guide policy reform and innovative practices.
Partners Involved in the National Reentry 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 (APPA), Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA), and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University. An advisory board of more than 25 national organizations will also inform the development of resources available to the reentry field.
What Will the Reentry Resource Center Do?
Authorized by the Second Chance Act of 2007 (P. L. 110-199), the resource center will provide communities across the country with the best thinking on complex reentry issues, comprehensive resources and other forms of support that help reduce recidivism and strengthen neighborhoods and families.
Among those served by the resource center will be states, tribes, territories, local governments, service providers, nonprofit organizations and adult and juvenile corrections institutions. It will also 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 reentry issues.
Services for Youth Returning from Juvenile Facilities
Sixty-seven government agencies and nonprofit organizations have been selected by the U.S. Department of Justice to receive Second Chance Act grants for fiscal year 2009, and 16 of those grantees will provide services specifically to youth returning from juvenile facilities. Government agencies will receive funding to launch juvenile reentry demonstration projects, and nonprofit organizations will receive funding to provide mentoring and other transitional services. (Follow the links to see a list of juvenile demonstration grant recipients and a list of juvenile mentoring grant recipients.)
Want More Information?
Visit the National Reentry Resource Center's Website where reentry research, publications and tools will be continually added and updated.
Topics: Juvenile Justice Reform, No bio box, Resources
Updated: February 08 2018