Partnership for Safety and Justice. November, 2006. "The astronomical growth of incarceration in the U.S. over the past 25 years has created a wide range of social challenges, not least of which is how to respond to formerly incarcerated people upon their re-entry into the community."
Reentry involves the use of programs targeted at promoting the effective reintegration of offenders back to communities upon release from prison and jail. Reentry programming, which often involves a comprehensive case management approach, is intended to assist offenders in acquiring the life skills needed to succeed in the community and become law-abiding citizens. A variety of programs are used to assist offenders in the reentry process, including pre-release programs, drug rehabilitation and vocational training, and work programs. The reentry programs were created to prevent recidivism. Recidivism is a tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behavior; especially : relapse into criminal behavior .
Helping ex-offenders access Federal Benefits, as well as, vocational training and work programs create a better life and a safer community.