This bill would bring together non-profit organizations and criminal justice experts to identify the most effective civilian re-entry programs for people leaving prison.
Bringing together nonprofit organizations and criminal justice experts at the federal, state, and local levels, this legislation requires that chosen specialists consult and determine which re-entry programs would be most effective. After this process, the agreed-upon programs would be implemented (as demonstration projects) in selected Federal judicial districts.
Projects would include re-entry review teams working closely with each prisoner to help them address their specific needs. Projects would also have access to community correctional facilities, the fixings to implement regular drug tests, and the resources to offer rehabilitation treatment to those with histories of substance abuse. Helping former prisoners find health care, jobs, mental health treatment, and vocational/educational training (among other things) would also be goals behind each project.
Five years after enactment, an evaluation and study of the effects of the programs, and their impacts on recidivism would be assigned to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts and the Attorney General.