Strategies for Reentry Success

The Reentry Ready Project stakeholders’ theory of change recommends the deployment of a specific set of strategies and activities to facilitate successful reentry. These strategies and activities are focused on the following three periods during the reentry process: 1) during incarceration, 2) during preparations for release, and 3) upon release and during reintegration into the community.

Strategies for Reentry Success

The Reentry Ready Project stakeholders’ theory of change recommends the deployment of a specific set of strategies and activities to facilitate successful reentry. These strategies and activities are focused on the following three periods during the reentry process: 1) during incarceration, 2) during preparations for release, and 3) upon release and during reintegration into the community.

The stakeholders acknowledge that other important milestones occur along the path of incarceration and reentry, but they focused their efforts on these three specific points in time to encourage key actors to make incarceration time well spent, not just time served. The strategies shown below are by no means a comprehensive list. Instead, each set of strategies suggests ways to intervene and support incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals to achieve their goals. The stakeholders offer Strategies in Practice to demonstrate the possible outcomes when incarceration and reentry systems adopt personalized, comprehensive, and evidence-based strategies.

The strategies presented apply to specific outcomes that the stakeholders assert will lead to more successful reentry: education and employability; housing, family and community connections; and physical and behavioral health. Additional crosscutting strategies relate to opportunities for overall systems improvement.

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Education and employability

  • Create effective programming and cross-system support for education and employability during incarceration
  • Build system support for education, training and employment post-release
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Family, housing and community connections

  • Ensure affordable and accessible housing for returning residents
  • Foster community ownership in successful reentry
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Physical and behavioral health

  • Improve the scope and quality of treatment services provided
  • Expand treatment capacity and effectiveness
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Cross-cutting strategies

  • Support development of high-performing leaders and teams in incarceration and reentry systems

  • Increase financing for reentry collaboration and systems integration

Convergence Center for Policy Resolution is a national non-profit based in Washington, DC that convenes individuals and organizations with divergent views to build trust, identify solutions, and form alliances for action on issues of critical public concern. Reports and recommendations issued under our auspices reflect the views of the individuals and organizations who put the ideas forward. Convergence itself remains neutral and does not endorse or take positions on recommendations of its stakeholders.

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Convergence Center for Policy Resolution is a national non-profit based in Washington, DC that convenes individuals and organizations with divergent views to build trust, identify solutions, and form alliances for action on issues of critical public concern. Reports and recommendations issued under our auspices reflect the views of the individuals and organizations who put the ideas forward. Convergence itself remains neutral and does not endorse or take positions on recommendations of its stakeholders.

Convergence Center for Policy Resolution
1133 19th Street NW, Suite 410
Washington, DC | 20036
202 830 2310

www.convergencepolicy.org