About the National Reentry Resource Center

Funded and administered by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) is the nation’s primary source of information and guidance in reentry.


Advance the Knowledge Base of the Reentry Field: Working with Second Chance Act grantees and technical assistance providers as well as top researchers and practitioners, the NRRC develops resources and tools that assist jurisdictions in implementing evidence-based, data-driven strategies to reduce recidivism.

Facilitate Information Exchange: The NRRC distributes a monthly electronic newsletter of news and research in reentry, funding opportunities, and trainings in the field.

Promote What Works in Reentry: The NRRC hosts several clearinghouse resources to support the reentry field:

  • Clean Slate Clearinghouse provides information on juvenile and adult criminal record clearance policies in all U.S. state and territories and is designed for use by people with criminal records, legal service providers, reentry providers, and state policymakers.
  • National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction is an online searchable database that identifies and categorizes the statutes and regulations that impose collateral consequences in all 50 states, the federal system, and the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
  • Public Safety Risk Assessment Clearinghouse provides evidence-based information about how to use risk assessments effectively and properly to build safe communities.

Provide Information for People Returning to Communities and Their Families: The NRRC maintains a state and local reentry services directory to help people identify service providers in their communities as well as a helpline to assist those preparing for, experiencing, or working in reentry.


The NRRC was established by the Second Chance Act (Public Law 110-199). Signed into law in 2008 and reauthorized in 2018, the Second Chance Act authorizes federal grants to government agencies and nonprofit organizations to provide reentry services—including employment assistance, substance use treatment, housing, family programming, mentoring, victims support, and other services—and to support corrections and supervision practices that aim to reduce recidivism.

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) operates the NRRC in collaboration with BJA and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, as well as its Council of Experts including:

  • Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
  • Commonwealth Corporation
  • Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators
  • JustLeadershipUSA
  • Police Executive Research Forum
  • University of Cincinnati Center for Criminal Justice Research
  • WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center

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