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Serving People from Arrest to Reintegration

National Blueprint for Reentry (Legal Action Center, National HIRE Network)

  • Organization: Legal Action Center, National HIRE Network
  • Document Type: Report
  • Date Created: Sunday, December 07, 2008
  • Submitted: Sunday, December 07, 2008
  • Attachment(s): LINK

 The National HIRE Network, in conjunction with the National Reentry Consortium, presents this National Blueprint for Reentry, a comprehensive plan for developing a national policy agenda to improve employment and educational opportunities for people with criminal records. Each year, millions of individuals cycle through jail systems while the number of individuals being released into communities from state and federal prisons is steadily creeping up to nearly a million people per year. It was estimated that in the year 2008, approximately 700,000 individuals would reenter  communities from prisons around the nation. Most of these individuals will need assistance connecting to jobs, increasing their education, or accessing other essential social services in order to successfully reintegrate into society and improve their lives. However, even if they find some assistance within their communities, most will encounter a daunting array of counterproductive and  debilitating legal and practical barriers, including state and federal laws and policies that hinder their ability to qualify for a job or enter a higher educational program—further preventing their ability to become tax-paying citizens and inhibiting their ability to care for themselves and their families.  The Blueprint offers broad proposals for legislative and administrative reform that would mitigate barriers and encourage successful reintegration.


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