Starting a Reentry Task Force/Coalition


Coaching Guides

  • The Center for Effective Public Policy
  • Urban Institute
  • The Carey Group

The Center for Effective Public Policy (the Center) and its partners, The Urban Institute and The Carey Group, were selected by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to serve as the training and technical assistance providers to the Fiscal Year 2007 Presidential Prisoner Reentry Initiative (PRI) grantees. As part of the PRI TTA Program, eleven Coaching Packets were developed. These Coaching Packets offer practical value beyond the jurisdictions involved in this initiative and are now available to criminal justice professionals and their partners interested in enhancing their strategies for reducing recidivism and improving offender outcomes.

Each of these Coaching Packets provides an overview of a key topic related to successful offender reentry, concrete strategies and key steps for enhancing practice in this area, and a "self assessment tool" that jurisdictions can use to evaluate their strengths and challenges in the particular topic area discussed. The packets are organized in three series:

Series 1 provides a blueprint for an effective offender reentry system; 
Series 2 addresses key issues related to the delivery of evidence-based services to offenders; 
Series 3 provides guidance and tools to ensure that reentry efforts achieve their intended outcomes.

Coaching Packet Series 1: Creating a Blueprint for an Effective Offender Reentry System

A Framework for Offender Reentry (June, 2010)
This packet provides a conceptual framework for addressing prisoner reentry at the policy level. The importance of having committed leadership, policy and case-level collaboration, a rational planning process, and effective offender management practices is also discussed.

Establishing a Rational Planning Process (June, 2010)
This packet outlines a rational planning process for achieving successful offender reentry by reviewing the critical elements of such a process and outlining the key steps necessary for jurisdictions to advance their reentry efforts.

Engaging in Collaborative Partnerships to Support Reentry (June, 2010)
This packet explores the establishment of meaningful collaborative partnerships in order to achieve successful offender reentry. A definition of collaboration and a tool for determining the effectiveness of case management teams are provided.

Coaching Packet Series 2: Delivering Evidence-Based Services

Implementing Evidence-Based Practices (August, 2009)
This packet summarizes the key literature with regard to implementing evidence-based practices in corrections. Some examples of how these practices can be applied to every day correctional practice are provided.

Effective Case Management (February, 2010)
This packet offers a definition and outlines the key components of an effective case management approach with offenders. Illustrations of the case planning process, effective interventions, community supervision standards, and behavioral incentives are provided.

Shaping Offender Behavior (August, 2009)
This packet supports the assertion that every interaction with an offender is an opportunity to positively shape behavior. It outlines some methods staff can use to work with and engage offenders, and offers two brief case studies of jurisdictions implementing these strategies.

Engaging Offenders' Families in Reentry (February, 2010)
This packet introduces a strength-based, family-focused approach to offender management. It reviews the literature on families and their role in reentry, and provides brief examples of agencies successfully implementing family-based approaches.

Building Offenders' Community Assets Through Mentoring (December, 2009)
This packet presents an overview of the use of mentoring programs with adult offenders to assist in their transition from prison to the community. A discussion of best practices in implementing mentoring programs with offenders and strategies to address common challenges are also provided.

Reentry Considerations for Women Offenders (June, 2010)
This packet outlines the differences between male and female offenders and their implications for the successful transition of women offenders. The principles of gender-responsiveness and an update regarding important developments in a number of practice areas are discussed. Strategies for assisting women during reentry are also offered.

Coaching Packet Series 3: Ensuring Meaningful Outcomes

Measuring the Impact of Reentry Efforts (September, 2009)
This packet provides an overview of performance management principles and practices, and includes a discussion of the ways in which data can be useful to reentry efforts. A description of methods to assess the effectiveness of current reentry efforts and key steps in performance management are also provided.

Continuous Quality Improvement (June, 2010)
This packet offers a definition of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), explains the research supporting CQI processes, and provides steps for implementation. Examples of CQI tools and tips for overcoming common implementation obstacles are also provided.


Additional Resources

  • Ending Family Homelessness: Lessons From Communities
  • Incarceration and the Family
  • Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy
  • Offender Reentry Reentry Partnership Initiatives (RPI)
  • Prisoner Reentry Toolkit
  • Reentry for Safer Communities
  • Reentry Housing Options
  • Reentry Partnership
  • Release Planning for Successful Reentry
  • The Jail Administrator's Toolkit for Reentry
  • Voter Finds New Direction