JPI releases report on recommendations for reentry for people returning to DC after serving long prison terms
Justice Policy
Jul 27, 2021

JPI releases report on recommendations for reentry for people returning to DC after serving long prison terms


As you know, DC has its own unique challenges in creating supportive systems for reentry, and, at the same time, there are common issues facing people as they reenter society, particularly those who have served long prison terms regardless of where they were incarcerated.


The people we talk with in this report were sentenced as youth and released under IRAA. They are individuals who have grown up in prison, most of whom have never lived in a free society as adults. Most are coming home in their late-30s to mid-40s without learning many of the necessary life skills typically acquired between adolescence and adulthood.


After people are released from prison, it is our responsibility as a society to support them in their journey to return to their friends, families and communities as healthy and productive members of society.  Our hope is that the recommendations in this report will help move the District closer to meeting its obligations to our returning citizens and serve as an example for other jurisdictions facing similar challenges.


Please join us in this important conversation about the reentry supports and resources needed to help people come home in the best ways possible.

You can see the full report here, and if you are willing to share the information please feel free to use the sample social media posts below along with the attached images.



#Reentry for people in #DC convicted of a felony is unique. Housed across the country, separated from their family and community, without their support system #reentry is more challenging. Read more in @JusticePolicy’s latest report


.@JusticePolicy’s latest report discusses the many reentry challenges faced by those released after the Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act. Releasees need support with #housing #employment #healthcare and more. Read more here


No one understands what someone has gone through better than someone who experienced the same – that’s why #reentry programs need to hire #justiceimpacted individuals. Learn more in @JusticePolicy’s latest report


Instagram (with either of the attached images marked DC Voices Map2 or DC Voices General2):


Post-sentencing, people in DC convicted of a felony are housed anywhere in the country, separating them from their family and community. Losing connection with their support system makes reentry exponentially more challenging.


During the resentencing process, an individual’s connection with their family is considered by the court. If someone has been several states away from their loved ones, maintaining a solid connection can be logistically difficult. People in DC have unique reentry needs and need unique support.


Read more in the new report, Voices for Reform in DC



Reentry is an incredibly difficult process, especially if someone is incarcerated as a youth. For people serving lengthy sentences, they face an unfamiliar, changed world when they are released. In the Justice Policy Institute’s latest report, they delve into the state of reentry services in D.C. and provide recommendations to make reentry more manageable. Read their report here:


Get the newsletter