Nationwide, more than 600,000 individuals are released from state or federal prison each year. Within three years, two-thirds will be rearrested, and nearly half returned to prison for a new crime or parole violation. In response, criminal justice officials are focusing on reentry as an issue that affects public safety, economic revitalization, and the well being of families and neighborhoods. Reentry courts, like the Harlem Parole Reentry Court, use community-based services like drug treatment and job training as well as strict judicial supervision, to help ex-offenders successfully transition back to life at home. To read more, visit Rethinking Reentry, a regularly-updated blog about how this project is working to reduce recidivism and enhance public safety in Upper Manhattan.
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