Collaborating for Successful Reentry

A Practical Guide to Support Justice-Involved Young People Returning to the Community

By Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

March 9, 2019


This guide teaches juvenile justice and social service professionals about supporting youth who are reentering their community after confinement or a court-ordered out-of-home placement. Readers will learn about model programs, anticipated outcomes, and how to address the needs of young people in areas such as housing, health, education and employment. The end goal? A restart that enables youth to realize their potential and — buoyed by the right community-based support — succeed.

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Life goes on after reentry — and a brighter future is possible

Reentering a community after crossing paths with the juvenile justice system isn’t easy. At the same time, every single young person who is making this journey has unique skills, strengths and aspirations. With coordinated support that is community-based, unoppressive, culturally-aware and gender-responsive, these youth can tap into their strengths to build happy, safe and satisfying lives.

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