Reentry programs and reentry courts are designed to help returning citizens successfully "reenter" society following their incarceration, thereby reducing recidivism, improving public safety, and saving money.
A primary focus of our reentry efforts is to remove or reduce barriers to successful reentry, so that motivated individuals - who have served their time and paid their debt to society - are able to compete for a job, attain stable housing, support their children and their families, and contribute to their communities.
Rhode Island Reentry Programs
The United States Attorney's Office, in partnership with U.S. Probation, the Rhode Island Governor's Office, the Rhode Island Departments of Attorney General, Corrections, and Labor and Training, and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, has embarked on an ambitious program to encourage employers to include returning citizens as part of their Workforce Development Program.
Roadmap to Reentry - Community Workforce Development Summit
On May 25, 2016, more than 160 employers, hiring managers, business, labor leadership and community partners attended a Roadmap to Reentry Community Workforce Development Summit to learn about important workforce development strategies and information about training, financial benefits and tax incentives available when formerly incarcerated individuals are included in their workforce.
Watch panel discussions and presentations
- Welcoming Remarks & Introductions – United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha
- Employee Readiness – Moderated by U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan
- Keynote Speaker – Yariela Kerr-Donovan, Johns Hopkins Medicine
- Employer Perspective – Moderated by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha
- Incentives & Resources – Corrections Director A. T. Wall
- Legal Considerations & Closing Remarks – Alicia J. Samolis, Esq., United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha
Federal Interagency Reentry Council (FIRC)
The FIRC, established by the Attorney General in January 2011, comprises 20 federal agencies representing a significant executive branch commitment to coordinating reentry efforts and advancing effective reentry policies. It is premised on the recognition that many federal agencies have a major stake in prisoner reentry. Learn more
Reentry improves public safety. Approximately two million adults are incarcerated in state prisons and local jails. Nationally, two out of every three people released from state prisons are rearrested for a new offense and about half are reincarcerated within three years. Reducing recidivism is critical for increasing long-term public safety and lowering corrections costs.
Individuals who have been incarcerated can expect their future earnings to be reduced by about 40 percent after they return to their communities. Reentry efforts seek to reduce barriers to employment so that people with past criminal involvement – after they have been held accountable and paid their dues – can compete for work opportunities.
There is often a lack of continuity in care from inside the prison to the community. Reentry efforts can help ensure that the Affordable Care Act and other reforms will significantly increase access to appropriate physical and behavioral health interventions after release from incarceration. Substance abuse can be a significant impediment to successful reentry and a major health concern. Addressing the root causes of substance abuse leads to improved public safety.
Education is a core resource for release preparation, and is an evidence-based tool for reducing recidivism among adults and juveniles. Participation in education programming was associated with a 16 percent reduction in recidivism in one study. Education is also a critical building block for increasing employment opportunities.
Stable housing with appropriate supportive services is a key factor in preventing homelessness and reducing recidivism. The goal is to reduce barriers to public and subsidized housing, and advance promising models that improve outcomes for people who repeatedly use corrections and homeless services.
Please visit the following resources for more information about reentry: