U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC)


The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that combines the power of a membership association, representing state officials in all three branches of government, with policy and research expertise to develop strategies that increase public safety and strengthen communities.


The CSG Justice Center develops research-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities.

Funded and administered by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) is the nation’s primary source of information and guidance in reentry.


Deliver Training and Technical Assistance: The NRRC provides individualized and strategic guidance to recipients of Second Chance Act grants in order to maximize their efforts to reduce recidivism and help people succeed in their communities after they return from incarceration.

Advance the Knowledge Base of the Reentry Field: Working with top researchers and practitioners, the NRRC develops resources and tools that assist jurisdictions in implementing evidence-based, data-driven strategies to reduce recidivism.

Promote What Works in Reentry: In partnership with the Urban Institute, the NRRC developed the What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse, which houses research on the effectiveness of a wide variety of reentry interventions. In addition, the NRRC’s online library contains more than 1,000 publications, reports, and other materials to help the field identify proven and promising practices.

The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) facilitates collaboration among the criminal justice, juvenile justice, and mental health and substance use treatment systems to better serve individuals with mental disorders and to increase public safety. webinars on key reentry topics and convenes national training events to facilitate peer-to-peer networking. The NRRC also distributes a monthly electronic newsletter of news and research in reentry, funding opportunities, and trainings in the field.

Provide Information for People Returning to Communities and Their Families: The NRRC maintains online state and local reentry directories that help people identify service providers in their communities.


The NRRC was established by the Second Chance Act (Public Law 110-199). Signed into law in 2008, the Second Chance Act authorizes federal grants to government agencies and nonprofit organizations to provide reentry services—including employment assistance, substance use treatment, housing, family programming, mentoring, victims support, and other services—and to support corrections and supervision practices that aim to reduce recidivism.

The CSG Justice Center operates the NRRC in collaboration with BJA and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, as well as partner organizations including:

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Parole and probation violations have an outsized effect on state prison populations. The Course Corrections Cost Calculator uses data, soon to be released in our annual Confined and Costly report, to show how simple changes in probation and parole outcomes can impact a state’s prison population and costs.

American Indian Development Associates

American Probation and Parole Association

Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

Association of State Correctional Administrators

Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy

Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators


National Association of Counties

National Center for Victims of Crime

National Fatherhood Initiative

National Transitional Jobs Network

Police Foundation

Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps