Reentry "Mythbusters" from Federal Interagency Reentry Council

on Friday - June 01, 2012.

The Federal Interagency Reentry Council is a collaborative network of 20 federal agencies working to "make communities safer by reducing recidivism and victimization; assist those who return from prison and jail in becoming productive citizens; and save taxpayer dollars by lowering the direct and collateral costs of incarceration." 

The group was first established in January 2011, and is chaired by Attorney General Eric Holder.

One of the group's first efforts was to assemble a set of "Reentry Mythbusters", described as:

"fact sheets, designed to clarify existing federal policies that affect formerly incarcerated individuals and their families in areas such as public housing, access to benefits, parental rights, employer incentives, Medicaid suspension/termination, and more."

The full set of "Reentry Mythbusters" is available HERE.

Graduates of RMO Community Reentry Course Gain Knowledge and Hope

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Thursday - May 31, 2012.

Joe Shiffer (LCP) and Allison Weber (SACA) congratulate recent graduates of RMO Community Reentry program

"Learned a lot to take with me upon my release. Numerous resources to help me get a step into society." - Lynn

"Life changing things we need to know about." - Stewart

"I know now what programs can help me out in time of need and help me advance where I don't come back to jail." - Derek

"This has been a huge help." - Chris

"It's going to keep me on track knowing that there is hope." - Gene


These were the comments from recent graduates of the RMO's 12 hour Community Reentry Course for incarcerated men and women offered in partnership with the Lancaster County Prison.  

The course covers essential information men and women who are soon to be released need to know about managing money, family responsibility and parenting, getting along with yourself and others, housing, transportation, health care and mental health, drugs and alcohol, probation and parole, and legal and community resources that can help them to be successful upon their release from prison . . .

RMO Success Story: Taking the Lead

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Tuesday - May 22, 2012.

When Harold* was due to be released from the Lancaster County Prison, he had nowhere to go, and was afraid he'd end up homeless. But staff in the Pre-Parole Unit at the prison, told Harold about the Lancaster County Re-entry Management Organization (RMO), which could help Harold to find transitional housing, and other support he might need to successfully re-enter the community. They gave Harold information about the RMO partner organizations and Harold contacted RMO partner, Transition to Community (TTC) . . .

New National Report: Housing as a Platform for Formerly Incarcerated Persons

on Tuesday - May 22, 2012.

A national research partnership group called the "What Works Collaborative" has just published a report on housing as a "pathway toward more successful reentry and reintegration for formerly incarcerated persons." The report covers housing options and barriers for people coming out of prison, and reviews several case studies of specific housing models and the characteristics of those models that can "lead to better outcomes for formerly incarcerated persons." The models reviewed in this report include peer-led, mutual help models such as Oxford Houses, and supportive housing models. In addition, the report highlights the critical connections between housing stability and employment success. Finally, the report outlines areas where additional research is needed to further explore linkages between housing and successful outcomes for people returning to the community after incarceration. The full report is available here

WEBINAR: Understanding the EEOC's New Criminal Records Guidance: Education and Enforcement Opportunities

on Monday - May 21, 2012.

On Wed, May 30, 2012, from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT, an important webinar for advocates, workers, employers, workforce development specialists and policy makers will offer critical information on how to apply the new EEOC policy to their daily decisions when navigating criminal records for employment.

In addition to detailing the key elements of the new EEOC guidance, the webinar will highlight best practices for employers, helpful implementation strategies for worker advocates, and key considerations for state and local policymakers to explore.

To register, go to: