Libraries and Incarceration: Resources for Reentry
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2020, approximately 1.26 million persons were incarcerated in the United States. Research shows that increasing the literacy rates and strengthening the library and information access opportunities for det
This program inspires children of inmates to read more often, connects children and incarcerated parents through stories, and gives prisoners extra confidence to read to their children, even if they are not strong readers themselves.
This webpage includes recent guidance, communication, and resources related to improving access to HUD programs for people with criminal records and creating housing opportunities for formerly incarcerated people.
VoA's 2017 article entitled Homelessness and Prisoner Reentry: Examining Barriers to Housing Stability and Evidence-Based Strategies That Promote Improved Outcomes explores the barriers individuals face finding stable housing when returning home from incarceration.
Coordinated by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, American Job Centers offer training referrals, career counseling, job listings, and other employment-related services.
Career One Stop's Job Search Help for Ex-Offenders program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides tips, information and resources to help individuals with a criminal record search for, apply for, and begin a new job.
A blog post entitled Jobs for Ex-felons in the Tech Industry from self-taught coder Laurence Bradford. The post provides a list of six tech jobs that justice-involved job seekers might pursue, the skills necessary for those jobs, and other resources.
The Reentry Employment Opportunities (REO) program of the U.S. Department of Labor provides funding and employment guidance for practitioners working with justice-involved youth and young adults and adults who were formerly incarcerated.
From the Legal Services for Prisoners with Children organization, a grassroots civil and human rights organization fighting for the rights of formerly-and currently-incarcerated people and their families.
The FICPFM is a national network of civil and human rights organizations led by people with conviction histories and their family members. Their Can I Vote? tool linked above allows justice-involved individuals to determine their voting eligibility online, based on their states' current laws. The tool also provides information on restoring the right to vote.
The nation's first organization for women impacted by incarceration, the WPA focuses on workplace skills, healthcare and housing needs, family reunification, and recidivism avoidance for justice-involved women.