Today, the New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC) at Greater Newark Conservancy released its newest report, “REENTRY: From Prison to the Streets, Making it Work,” which outlines steps to improve the reentry process for persons returning from incarceration while also saving money for the State of New Jersey.
Efforts to improve reentry outcomes are imperative to community well-being and cost-efficiency. Among those released from prisons in New Jersey today, about 53 percent will be rearrested and 31 percent will be reincarcerated within three years. When individuals returning from prison receive no support, this can lead to unemployment, homelessness, increased drug use, and an increase in violence. With the average annual cost of incarceration for an individual in New Jersey at $53,681, the state loses significant resources with every rearrest or reincarceration.
This report includes four steps that can be taken in order to improve these conditions for reentry clients and reduce costs:
- Vocational Education and Training > Employment
- Acute Healthcare Access
- Integration of Corrections, Reentry, and Parole
- Governor’s Reentry Commission
Please click here to read the report.