National Reentry Resource Center

The National Reentry Resource Center 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. 

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The Second Chance Act (SCA) supports state, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations in their work to break the cycle of recidivism and improve outcomes for people returning from state and federal prisons, local jails, and juvenile facilities. Passed with bipartisan support and signed into law on April 9, 2008, and reauthorized in 2018, SCA legislation authorizes federal grants for vital programs and systems reform aimed at improving the reentry process.

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 SCA. Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), and in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the purpose of the NRRC is to advance the reentry field by identifying and promoting evidence-based and innovative practices.
 

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What We Do

Partnerships
  • The Council of State Governments Justice Center
  • Vera Institute of Justice
  • RTI International and the Center for Court Innovation
  • University of Cincinnati Center for Criminal Justice Research

Through the NRRC, AIR’s team of experts and partners—including criminologists, evidence-based practice experts, probation officers, educators, reentry leaders, social workers, and formerly incarcerated individuals—work with SCA grantees, technical assistance providers, and the justice field to develop and promote resources and tools that assist jurisdictions in implementing evidence-based, data-driven strategies to reduce recidivism.

AIR’s approach with NRRC aims to go beyond simply fulfilling the technical requirement of maintaining a website and providing links to SCA grantees. We incorporate a personal element—through an online experience that caters to the needs of SCA grantees, organizations and individuals working to support reentry, and individuals in direct need of reentry support—into our varied delivery of tools and resources.

NRRC’s work focuses on:

Contact
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Senior Researcher
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Senior Researcher