Reentry refers to the transition of offenders from prisons or jails back into the community.  This transition can be challenging not only for the offenders but also for their families and communities. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, nearly 730,000 state and federal prisoners returned to their communities in 2009.  An even greater number is released from local jails. The goal of reentry programming is to assist former offenders with the transition from incarceration to their communities, prior to their release. Correctional Industries plays an active role in the successful reentry of former offenders by providing offenders with occupational skills training and soft skills enhancement while they are incarcerated.  This experience enables offenders to return to society with the tools necessary for success.  In addition to offenders having a job and learning a trade while working in a Correctional Industries program, they acquire solid work ethic traits, such as coming to work on time, being accountable for their work, following instruction from supervisors, being respectful to co-workers and much more.  Many Correctional Industries programs have incorporated a life skills curriculum and other reentry services within their programs to give offenders an even better chance for successful reentry upon release.

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC), in collaboration with NCIA, is dedicated to bringing Correctional Industries to the forefront as a major stakeholder in the Reentry arena.  For More Information on Reentry, Click on the Links Below:

NIC/NCIA Satellite Broadcasts
View/download the following National Institute of Corrections/National Correctional Industries Association 2009 Satellite Broadcast:
NIC/NCIA 2009 Satellite Broadcast: “Innovative Reentry Strategies: The Emerging Role of Correctional Industries”

View/download the following National Institute of Corrections/National Correctional Industries Association 2011 Satellite Broadcast:
NIC/NCIA  2011 Satellite/Internet Broadcast: “Correctional Industries: A Working Solution”  

CSG Reentry and Employment Project
Federal Interagency Reentry Council

NIC/NCIA Workforce Development Regional Training
The National Institute of Corrections Career Resource Centers
“Apprenticeships: Creating Portable Certifications That Link Skills Learned in Correctional Industries to Employment and the Reentry Process”
Community Resource Links
Correctional Industries/Reentry Marketing Statistics
Correlation between employment and success of ex-offenders in the community
Department of Labor Reintegration of Ex-Offenders – Adult Program
Reentry in Brief
Reentry Mythbusters
Washington State Jail Industries Board Video
Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) 
WSIPP on Return on Investment (July 2011)

Pew Center on the States’ Public Safety Performance Project

  • video that offers a concise look at four core strategies to stop the revolving door.  It runs 5 minutes and highlights risk assessment, evidence-based programs, swift and certain sanctions, and fiscal incentives for community supervision agencies.