Projects: Close to Home
Close to Home sought to improve reentry outcomes when people return to the community from jail. Program staff partnered with jails, community-corrections agencies, and community-based organizations in two jurisdictions to help them apply a family-focused approach to reentry planning. The project's lessons are applicable to jurisdictions throughout the country.
Why Does This Work Matter?
Most reentry initiatives in the United States focus on people who are leaving prison, often after an extended sentence. Because jail stays are usually far shorter, the challenges associated with returning to the community from jail may be underestimated. But after even a short time in jail, people often face the same hurdles as those coming home from prison. These may include, for example, unemployment, changes in family dynamics, and a need to reapply for federal benefits. Close to Home adapted the Family Justice Program’s methodology to suit jail staff and their community partners. As a result, these key service providers were better able to help jailed people identify family and community members who can serve as a resource for them—both while they are incarcerated and after they return home.
For more information about Close to Home, contact Ryan Shanahan.