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National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC)

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $6,583,086)

The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) provides a comprehensive response to the large number of incarcerated adults and juveniles who leave prisons, jails, and juvenile residential facilities and return to communities, including resources to address the myriad of needs of these offenders to achieve a successful return to their communities. The Second Chance Act is designed to help communities develop and implement comprehensive and collaborative strategies that address the challenges posed by reentry and encourage recidivism reduction. The reentry process includes the delivery of a variety of evidence-based program services in both pre- and post-release settings to help ensure that the transition individuals make from prison, jail, or a juvenile residential facility to the community is successful and promotes public safety. Section 101 of the Second Chance Act, in addition to providing federal awards to state and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes for demonstration reentry projects, also authorized the establishment of a National Adult and Juvenile Reentry Resource Center (National Reentry Resource Center, NRRC). The primary purpose and goal of the NRRC is to advance the reentry field by identifying and promoting evidence-based practices and supporting innovation. The objectives are to: provide proactive, comprehensive, user-friendly Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) services for all Second Chance Act program grantees awarded funds by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP); develop and maintain a centralized online location for reentry information for dissemination to the field that includes a mechanism for online technical assistance (TA); Provide overall education, TTA, evidence-based practices, and other reentry and recidivism reduction resources to various audiences that include tribes, state and local government agencies, U.S. territories, service providers, nonprofit organizations (including faith-based and community organizations), corrections institutions, people returning home to their communities from incarceration, and other stakeholder groups; Assist BJA and OJJDP in helping jurisdictions prioritize their reentry and recidivism reduction efforts and resources, with a focus on system response and service delivery reform efforts, including use of risk/needs assessments, programming selection and tailoring, treatment, fair chance hiring practices, and pay-for-performance contracting; and support the Federal Interagency Reentry Council by translating their products and initiatives to the field.

The Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSGJC) will continue operation of the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC), a clearinghouse that reflects the field’s increased sophistication and need for technical support for the implementation of reentry initiatives. CSGJC will provide Second Chance Act grantees with technical assistance(TTA), Current NRRC projects to advance practice in reentry and employment, health care coverage, and substance use and mental health treatment will be infused in all TTA efforts, and lessons learned from programs’ implementation disseminated to the field. Deeper and more targeted TTA for new audiences will be developed and vital roles cultivated by including the National Inventory on Collateral Consequences of Conviction into materials, involving formerly incarcerated people and victims, businesses that demonstrate best practices, and the law enforcement field with the intention of better equipping and training programs to answer common questions about the reentry process. CSGJC will address the needs of grantees and develop additional tools to support NRRC operations by partnering with a number of organizations. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 19, 2016