Reentry Resources

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Local Reentry Resources

Collateral Consequences Assessment Tool

Relief from a Criminal Conviction Guide (UNC School of Government)

Guidance on Petitioning for a Certificate of Relief

Employer Guide to Hiring Individuals with Criminal Records

North Carolina Local Agency Support Directory: The directory contains contact information for local agencies providing reentry support services.

NC Prisoner Legal Services Resources to Assist Inmates After Release: A directory of resources to assist inmates after release.

NC Dept of Corrections County Resource Guide: The County Resource Guide is a searchable database of community resources in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties. The database contains contact information for many core local, state, and federal agencies, as well as various faith-based and community-based service organizations that provide assistance to individuals with criminal records, including those under correctional supervision, to support a successful transition into their community.

North Carolina Criminal Justice Resource Directory: A service of the Carolina Justice Policy Center, the directory is meant to serve practitioners, individuals with criminal convictions and their families as a compass to help navigate North Carolina’s network of community-based corrections programs, alternative programs to incarceration, re-entry programs, and legal assistance programs.

Resource Center Without Walls: The Community Success Initiative’s database of various reentry documents includes everything from a Reentry Survival Guide to Reentry Employment Strategies to faith-based training materials.

Pre-Release Reentry Preparation Handbook: This handbook/workbook covers topics such as identification, housing, education, employment, family relationships, money management, and life skills. The handbook was produced in Minnesota and is in some ways Minnesota specific; however, it was developed for use by incarcerated individuals in all states and is useful for individuals preparing for release in North Carolina.

North Carolina Handbook for Family and Friends of Inmates: Guide to understanding the rules and regulations that govern the North Carolina prison facilities so as to encourage family members to maintain regular contact with relatives and friends who are in prison in order to provide emotional support and stay informed of his or her progress.

A Reentry Guidebook for Incarcerated Veterans in North Carolina: This guide is meant for use by incarcerated veterans preparing for release from North Carolina’s prisons.

National Reentry Resources

National HIRE Network: The National Helping Individuals with criminal records Re-enter through Employment Network is both a national clearinghouse for information and an advocate for policy change. The National H.I.R.E. Network also provides training and technical assistance to agencies working to improve the employment prospects for people with criminal records.

Prisoner Reentry Institute: Among its many publications are, “In Our Backyard: Overcoming Resistance to Reentry Housing,” “The Greening of Corrections: Creating a Sustainable System,” and “Venturing Beyond the Glass: Facilitating Successful Reentry with Entrepreneurship.” Also, see PRI’s National Directory of Reentry Resources.

National Employment Law Project: NELP promotes model employment policies and basic protections that allow qualified workers with criminal records to attain and retain quality jobs.

National Reentry Resource Center: A clearinghouse of information about state and local reentry initiatives. Publication topics include starting a reentry initiative, mentoring, performance measures, and law enforcement.

ReEntry.net: This site operates as a clearinghouse of materials for attorneys, social service providers, and policy reform advocates on re-entry and the consequences of criminal proceedings. Publication topics include privacy & criminal records, employment protections for people with criminal records, forging a legal Strategy to remove barriers to employment of people with criminal records. Also provides a database of advocacy toolkits.

Center for Effective Public Policy: The center provides assistance to criminal justice practitioners and policymakers on a variety of topics related to reentry. The center also publishes training curricula, policy and practice briefs, handbooks, video seminars, and other resources regarding reentry.

Reentry Policy Council: The Reentry Policy Council is a national project coordinated by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, a national nonprofit organization that serves policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels from all branches of government. The Reentry Policy Council maintains a searchable database of state and local reentry programs and publishes on several reentry topics, including reentry partnerships, children of incarcerated parents, and federal benefits.

Reentry National Media Outreach Campaign: The Campaign is designed to support the work of community and faith-based organizations through offering media resources that will facilitate community discussion and decision making about solution-based reentry programs. The Project Documentation toolbar is particularly useful.