Reentry for People Who Were Formerly Incarcerated

An extended family smile and hug one another as some are coming into the home

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, approximately 600,000 people are released from state and federal prisons annually, with another 9 million people cycled through local jails. Reentry services, including linkage to medical care, can improve health outcomes for those reentering their communities.

Reentry services include any service that assists in reintegrating someone, adult or juvenile, into society. These services may be provided to a formerly incarcerated individual and any person/organization that supports them. This allows reentry services to encourage positive health outcomes for the communities to which the individual is returning.

Thoughtfully planned, consistent, and culturally sensitive reentry programs can link formerly incarcerated persons to proper care and help them adopt a healthier lifestyle. Programs can leverage the cooperation, expertise, and resources of health departments, community organizations, and correctional facilities, to help reduce further justice involvement and barriers to continuity of care.

Below are reentry resources that can be used by public health departments, correctional facilities, transitional living facilities, and community-based organizations to improve the health of persons being released from incarceration, as well as improve the health of their communities.