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NEW  Prisoner Reentry Toolkit for Faith-Based and Community Organizations

The Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the Department of Labor has just released the "Prisoner Reentry Toolkit for Faith-Based and Community Organizations." The toolkit is a guide for faith-based and community organizations interested in establishing or enhancing their prisoner reentry programs. The document covers a variety of topics such as recruiting volunteers and clients, case management, job placement, mentoring, and forming successful partnerships. The toolkit can be accessed at

Department of Justice Resources

Myths about Collaboration between Corrections and Faith-Based Groups

Federal Prisoner Reentry Resources

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

The National Criminal Justice Reference (NCJRS) service maintains an on-line library of publications prepared or sponsored by the Department of Justice on prisoner re-entry. To search this library, please visit the NCJRS Abstracts page.

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Additional Resources

Public/Private Ventures

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Call to Action: How Programs in Three Cities Responded to the Prisoner Reentry Crisis, by Paul VanDeCarr (March 2007)

Call to Action chronicles how individuals, community organizations, faith institutions, businesses and officials mobilized to build partnerships to address escalating numbers of ex-prisoners returning to their communities. The three cities highlighted in this report, Jacksonville, FL; Memphis, TN; and Washington, D.C., were pioneers in responding to the nation’s prisoner reentry crisis. They developed impressive programs and eventually joined P/PV’s Ready4Work initiative.

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Just Out: Early Lessons from the Ready4Work Prisoner Reentry Initiative, by Linda Jucovy (February 2006).

This publication examines the early implementation of Public/Private Venture's prisoner reentry demonstration, Ready4Work, and reports on emerging best practices in four key program areas: recruitment, case management, mentoring, and employment.

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When the Gates Open: Ready4Work—A National Response to the Prisoner Reentry Crisis, by Joshua Good and Pamela Sherrid (October 2005).

This report documents a rare partnership among the business, government, community and faith sectors, as they come together to confront alarmingly high incarceration and recidivism rates.

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