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This tool kit offers guidelines, tools, and resources to help education providers implement the  Reentry Education Framework. The Framework promotes the development of an education continuum spanning facility- and community-based reentry education programs. It has five critical components—program infrastructure, strategic partnerships, education services, transition processes, and sustainability.

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Reentry Education Framework

Reentry Education Framework

The Reentry Education Framework graphic is composed of three main overlapping circles on the same level. There are two different entry points into the three circles, one for an incarcerated individual into the first circle and the other is for individuals with criminal histories into the third circle. There is an additional smaller circle underneath the first circle showing the moment of release. From the third circle, there is an arrow and an rectangle going to the top box showing the main outcome. Underneath these are two rectangles showing framework supports. Enclosing all the other elements is a bracket which leads into another rectangle.

The process into the framework is as follows:

An incarcerated individual enters into the first circle which is called the Transition Into and Out of a Correctional Facility Program. While in the correctional facility program, the incarcerated individual also goes through the overlapping second circle which represents Education Services in a Career Pathways Context for Adult, Career and Technical, and Postsecondary Education. The incarcerated individual then goes to a smaller circle which is representative of their moment of release. From the moment of release circle, the individual follows an arrow to the third circle which represents Transitioning Into and Out of Community-based Program. While in the Transition Into and Out of Community-based Program circle, the individual goes back through the second circle, Education Services in a Career Pathways Context. They then move out of the third circle into a rectangle to achieve the final outcome which is Long-term Employment in Living-wage Occupation without Recidivating.

The second entry point into the three main circles is for Individuals with Criminal Histories. They enter into the third circle, Transition Into and Out of Community-based Program. From this circle, they move through the second or middle circle which represents Education Services in a Career Pathways Context for Adult, Career and Technical, and Postsecondary Education. They then move out of the third circle into a rectangle to achieve the final outcome which is Long-term Employment in Living-wage Occupation without Recidivating.

Underneath the circles are two rectangles that help show the support for the framework. The first rectangle is composed of Strategic Partnerships while the second contains the Program Infrastructure which includes: Program Capacity, Resources, Data and Evaluation, and Policy. Finally the whole diagram is surrounded by a bracket that moves into a rectangle. This represents the overall Sustainability of the framework.

Additional Information which is also included with this diagram is:

Transition Process

Providers should focus on the following transition processes:

  • Transitions into and out of prison
  • Transitions into and out of jails
  • Transitions in the community

Education Services

Education services include adult, career and technical, and postsecondary education and should integrate:

  • Career pathways
  • Employability skills
  • Recruitment and retention strategies
  • Educational technology

Strategic Partnerships

Effective strategic partnerships involve:

  • Mapping resources to identify partners and connect students to other services
  • Establishing a partnership structure to support management and communication

Program Infrastructure

A solid program infrastructure includes:

  • Adequate programmatic resources and program capacity
  • Data collection and evaluation procedures
  • Policies supportive of reentry

Sustainability

Sustainability is an ongoing process enabling providers to ensure the persistence of the reentry education continuum.

Education Services in a Career Pathways Context Adult, Career and Technical, and Postsecondary Education Individuals with Criminal Histories Incarcerated Individuals Outcome: Long-term Employment in Living-wage Occupation Without Recidivating Moment of Release

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