Use the following guidelines, tools, and resources to strengthen your transition processes.
Reentry education providers should work closely with their partners to assess students’ needs and risks, identify services and support needed, and develop a service delivery schedule that takes into account various transition points. Specific approaches to easing transitions may depend on whether a provider is working with a prison, jail, or in the community.
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Prison-based providers should create a structured intake and prerelease process that includes:
- Assessing students' knowledge, skills, and occupational interests.
- Engaging students in creating an education and career plan.
- Determining students’ eligibility for and the timing of education services.
- Referring students to community-based programs.
- Sharing data with community partners to prepare for a student’s release.
With little time or notice to help students prepare for release, jail-based providers should focus on making program referrals and strengthening partnerships with community services to facilitate students' transition into the community.
Community-based providers may serve students who have had varied experiences with the criminal justice system. Providers therefore should create a flexible approach to verify students' education record, administer assessments, create an education and career plan, and direct students to appropriate services.
Where Am I In the Framework?
Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness
Offers an assessment tool for resource allocation and service-matching by risk category.
Offender Reentry Annotated Bibliography
An annotated list of resources on reentry issues ranging from employment and housing to financial planning.
Ready4Reentry: Prisoner Reentry Toolkit for Faith-Based and Community Organizations
A compilation of tools, resources, and information on successful reentry employment programs.
The Jail Administrator’s Toolkit for Reentry
Offers background information, sample forms, and other tools to facilitate reentry.
Transition from Jail to Community: Online Learning Toolkit
Stand-alone, self-paced modules on key elements of the Transition from Jail to Community (TJC) model, including leadership, partnerships, data use, transition strategies, and evaluation.