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Offender Reentry/Transition

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Reentry refers to the transition of offenders from prisons or jails back into the community. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs 641,100 people were released from state and federal prisons in 2015. Another 10.6 million cycle through local jails (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2016).

Given that more than three- quarters of State offenders are re-arrested within five years of release (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2018), successful reintegration of formally incarcerated persons returning to the community has become a critical aspect of correctional missions to improve public safety. Increasingly, evidence-based practices are reflected in approaches and programming, targeting people who have a medium to high risk of reoffending and tailoring services to meet certain needs has the greatest impact on lowering rates of recidivism. Breaking the cycle of reoffending and re-incarceration has many important implications for public safety and policy.


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