Prepared for The Annie E. Casey Foundation; the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice; and the U.S. Department of Labor

By The Council of State Governments Justice Center Le’Ann Duran, Martha Plotkin, Phoebe Potter, Henry Rosen 

A “white paper” for policymakers and practitioners engaged in the corrections and workforce development fields who recognize the need for the two systems to collaborate more closely to improve public safety and employment outcomes for people who have been incarcerated or are on probation or parole. It promotes close collaborations with reentry service providers and provides guidance on prioritizing scarce resources to more effectively reduce rates of reincarceration and joblessness. The paper also outlines principles that should drive both supervision and service decisions—decisions that can help ensure that front-line personnel’s efforts are having the greatest positive effect.