Returning Citizens

National overview:  returning citizens

Returning citizens

Over 10,000 ex-prisoners are released from America’s state and federal prisons every week and arrive on the doorsteps of our nation's communities. More than 650,000 ex-offenders are released from prison every year, and studies show that approximately two-thirds will likely be rearrested within three years of release. The high volume of returnees is a reflection on the tremendous growth in the U.S. prison population during the past 30 years. For the communities to which most former prisoners return (communities which are often impoverished and disenfranchised neighborhoods with few social supports and persistently high crime rates), the release of ex-offenders represents a variety of challenges.

Source: US Department of Justice, Prisoners and Prisoner Re-Entry


Other data and resources:

A Guide for States:

The Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the Department of Labor and the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice, in conjunction with the Council of State Governments Justice Center, have just released Reentry Partnerships: A Guide for States & Faith-Based and Community Organizations.

National Re-Entry Resource Enter

Economic Commentary: The Employability of Returning Citizens Is Key to Neighborhood Revitalization

Federal Funding and Services for Prisoner Re-Entry

Resources for Human Development:

One-stop job training, housing, support

Added 12/04/2013 by sarya, Modified 09/03/2015 by rhinehartj


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