September 26, 2017
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 re-incarcerated within three years. When individuals returning from prison receive no support, studies reveal that the results include 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 re-incarceration.
This report outlines four steps that can be taken in order to improve these conditions for reentry clients and reduce costs. Click here to read the rest of this report.