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.

WHAT WE DO

Deliver Training and Technical Assistance: The NRRC provides individualized and strategic guidance to recipients of Second Chance Act grants in order to maximize their efforts to reduce recidivism and help people succeed in their communities after they return from incarceration.

Advance the Knowledge Base of the Reentry Field: Working with top researchers and practitioners, the NRRC develops resources and tools that assist jurisdictions in implementing evidence-based, data-driven strategies to reduce recidivism.

Facilitate Peer Networks and Information Exchange: The NRRC runs monthly webinars on key reentry topics and convenes national training events to facilitate peer-to-peer networking. The NRRC also 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.

What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse provides information on the strength of the evidence for whether a wide variety of reentry programs and practices achieve criminal justice, juvenile justice, or crime victim services outcomes, to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works, what does not, and what is promising.

Provide Information for People Returning to Communities and Their Families: The NRRC maintains online state and local reentry directories that help people identify service providers in their communities.

BACKGROUND

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 partner organizations including:

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