Each year, more than 650,000 persons leave prisons and juvenile residential facilities and return to their communities. In addition, millions of adults are cycling in and out local jails. Their success in returning to their communities and not reentering the justice system is contingent on a strong network of support.
The National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) at AIR supports the provision of a comprehensive response to the adults and juveniles who leave prisons, jails and juvenile residential facilities and return to their communities with support from the Second Chance Act (SCA). Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the purpose of the NRRC is to advance the reentry field by identifying and promoting evidence-based and innovative practices.
What We Do
Through NRRC, AIR’s team of experts—including criminologists, evidence-based practice experts, probation officers, educators, reentry leaders, and social workers—and formerly incarcerated individuals will provide training and technical assistance to SCA grantees and other justice practitioners. AIR’s approach with NRRC aims to go beyond simply fulfilling the technical requirement of maintaining a website and providing links to grantees. We incorporate a personal element—through an online experience that caters to grantees’ needs, our varied delivery of tools and resources, and our partners and coaches.
NRRC’s work focuses on:
- The go-to source for all reentry needs. The NRRC website features continuous introduction of new content and state-of-the-art search functionality, allowing users to find information and services based on topic, location, population, and other factors. Through a secure online workspace, each SCA grantee can manage resources and needs, as well as use a chat function to receive real-time feedback and support from NRRC coaches.
- Self-paced, interactive, peer-to-peer tools and resources. NRRC resources—including online courses, Communities of Practice, live webinars—are designed to appeal to different audiences and learning styles. NRRC coaches host regular office hours to help grantees explore how to apply tools and resources to their local context. Webinars, Communities of Practice calls, and conference presentations will focus on new resources and opportunities, such as the forthcoming Reentry Toolkit.
- Relationship-based training and technical assistance. NRRC coaches work alongside justice practitioners and SCA grantees, striving to eliminate barriers and create pathways for success. Coaches bring expertise in adult and juvenile reentry, and skills in providing relationship-based training and technical assistance. Coaches work with grantees to create tailored work plans to facilitate the accomplishment of individual program goals.
Who We Are
AIR applies the best social science research to improve lives—particularly those affected by economic, justice, education, and societal disparities.
Through NRCC, we will work to advance knowledge, skills, and capacities, while creating opportunities for cross-sector collaboration and building organizations’ capacity to implement evidence-based reentry strategies across all human-serving sectors.