Report

This report offers technical assistance strategies and resources to reconnect men and women returning home from prison to their families and neighborhoods through employment, education, health and social services.  The report gives guidance on how to reduce barriers facing the formerly incarcerated, including access to housing, work, health care, counseling and job training. Policy changes that could help are highlighted. In addition, the report reviews supports available for families and children of the incarcerated to help address loss of income, emotional pain, disruptions in family life and social stigma. 

January 10, 2005

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The many challenges faced by returning prisoners.

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    What race has to do with it.

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    How incarceration affects the families and children.

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    The agencies and organizations that are helping families and prisoners reconnect.

Key Takeaway

Community-based solutions trim the cost of prison for taxpayers

High rates of incarceration in the United States have a high cost, both to taxpayers and to families and communities. More cost-effective approaches are available for non-violent offenders. Community-based solutions to housing, education, employment and health care barriers help reduce recidivism and reconnect returning prisoners to their families and neighborhoods. 

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