Coming Home from Prison: Policy Council Studies Ways to Improve Community Re-Entry

Translating the Re-Entry Policy Council's report into policy and practice

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people are released from prison, many with health, substance abuse, economic and family problems that need to be addressed in order for them to become productive, law-abiding members of society. In 2001, the Council of State Governments convened the Reentry Policy Council to study ways to improve people's re-entry from prison to the community.

Key Results

  • In January 2005, the Council of State Governments released the 687-page Report of the Re-Entry Policy Council, which provides guidance to government officials, practitioners, advocates and researchers about ways to promote the successful return of ex-offenders to their communities.

  • The Council of State Governments' Justice Center provided technical assistance to state and local governments working to implement better re-entry policies and programs, including:

    • Salt Lake City
    • Wichita, Kan.
    • Michigan
    • Arizona