About the National Reentry Resource Center

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

What We Do

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

Facilitate Information Exchange: The NRRC distributes news and resources in reentry, funding opportunities, and events in the field via our listserv and social media.

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 listing of all Second Chance Act grantees around the country to help people connect with potential 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 Council of State Governments Justice Center operates the NRRC in collaboration with BJA, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), and BJA's SCA training and technical assistance providers at TASC's Center for Health and Justice and RTI International.