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Harvard University's Government Innovators Network, the National Institute of Justice of the U.S. Department of Justice, and the online housing resource KnowledgePlex are hosting this free online event to discuss the challenges former prisoners face in reintegrating into society and finding adequate housing upon release from prison. This online forum will tap the knowledge and experience of key leaders in reentry research and program development, highlight housing programs designed to assist returning prisoners, and discuss the resulting policy challenges for lawmakers. The forum will then be opened to allow attendees to ask questions of the panelists.


  • Jeremy Travis, President of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and author of But They All Come Back: Facing the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry
  • Terry Donahue, Associate Director of the Community Capacity Development Office, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Georgia Lerner, Associate Executive Director for Program Operations at the Women's Prison Association


For an expanded list of resources on Prisoner Reentry, compiled by the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, please see resources PDF at bottom of this page.


Recommended books:
Travis, Jeremy. 2005. But They All Come Back: Facing the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry. Washington, DC: Urban Institute Press.
Petersilia, Joan. 2003. When Prisoners Come Home: Parole and Prisoner Reentry. New York: Oxford University Press.
Related news and media:
Office of the Press Secretary. 2004. "Fact Sheet: Protecting Communities by Helping Returning Inmates Find Work." White house press release, January 23.
Simon, Scott. 2004. "Ohio Prisons Emphasize 'Re-entry' Training." Weekend Edition. National Public Radio, January 24
Roberts, Victoria, 2003. Interview by Cathy Duchamp, All Things Considered. National Public Radio, June 10.  (concerning how sex offender notification laws often resulting in homelessness)
Sullivan, Patrick. 2005. "Halfway House Upsets Residents." Record-Eagle, October 9.
U.S. Conference of Mayors. 2002. "Fort Wayne Pilot Program National Model for Helping Released Offenders." U.S. Mayor Newspaper, March 4.
Professional and academic resources:
National Governors Association. 2005. "Issue Brief: Improving Prisoner Reentry Through Strategic Policy Innovations." September.

Gouvis Roman, Caterina, and Jeremy Travis. 2004. Taking Stock: Housing, Homelessness, and Prisoner Reentry. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute.

Sullivan, Eileen, Milton Mino, Katherine Nelson, and Jill Pope. 2002. "Families as a Resource in Recovery from Drug Abuse: An Evaluation of La Bodega de la Familia." New York: Vera Institute of Justice.
Bradley, Katharine H., R.B. Michael Oliver, Noel C. Richardson, Elspeth M. Slayter 2001. "No Place Like Home: Housing and the Ex-prisoner." Policy brief. Boston: Community Resources for Justice.
Nelson, Marta, Perry Deess, and Charlotte Allen. 1999. The First Month Out: Post-Incarceration Experiences in New York City. New York: Vera Institute of Justice.
Visher, Christy, Nancy G. La Vigne, Jeremy Travis. 2004. Returning Home: Understanding the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry: Maryland Pilot Study: Findings from Baltimore. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute.
Center for Sex Offender Management. 2001. "Community Notification and Education." Resource document. Silver Spring, MD: Center for Sex Offender Management.
Zevitz, Richard G., and Mary Ann Farkas. 2001. Sex Offender Community Notification: Assessing the Impact in Wisconsin. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice.
Hirsch, Amy E., Sharon M. Dietrich, Rue Landau, Peter D. Schneider, Irv Ackelsberg, Judith Bernstein-Baker, and Joseph Hohenstein. 2002. "Every Door Closed: Barriers Facing Parents With Criminal Records." Washington, DC: Center for Law and Social Policy and Community Legal Services, Inc.
Venkatesh, Sudhir Alladi. 2002. "The Robert Taylor Homes Relocation Study." Research report from the Center for Urban Research and Policy. New York: Columbia University.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 1996. " 'One Strike and You're Out' Screening and Eviction Policies for Public Housing Authorities." Notices PIH 96-16 (HA). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Public and Indian Housing.
Burt, Martha R., Laudan Y. Aron, Toby Douglas, Jesse Valente, Edgar Lee, and Britta Iwen. 1999. Homelessness: Programs and the People, They Serve: Findings of the National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute.
Solomon, Amy L., Michelle Waul, Asheley Van Ness, and Jeremy Travis. 2004. Outside the Walls:, A National Snapshot of Community-Based Prisoner Reentry Programs. Washington, DC: Urban Institute.
Rodriquez, Nino, and Brenner Brown. 2003. "Preventing Homelessness Among People Leaving Prison." State Sentencing and Corrections Program brief. New York: Vera Institute of Justice.
Lombard, David N., Charity Krouse, Klint Krouse, Stan Pflueger, and Sheila Hudson. 2004. "Allen County ReEntry: 2 Year Pilot Study." Research Report.  Allen County Community Corrections.
Surbeck, John F., Jr., Sheila Hudson, and Terry Donahue.  "Impact of Controlled ReEntry, Fort Wayne, Indiana." Power point presentation. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs.
Women's Prison Association. 2003. "A Report on the First Ten Years of the Sarah Powell Huntington House." New York: The Women's Prison Association.
Helpful links:
CSH Publications on Supportive Housing for Ex-Offenders - Corporation for Supportive Housing
OJP Resource Web Page on Reentry - Office of Justice Programs
Reentry Services & Residential Services - Women's Prison Association
Transition from Prison to the Community Initiative - National Institute of Corrections
Reentry Policy Council - Council of State Governments
Reentry Trends in the United States - Bureau of Justice Statistics
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