The transition from prisons or jails back into the community can be challenging, and many returning citizens reengage with the criminal justice system. Preparing incarcerated individuals for successful reintegration is a critical mission of corrections agencies and their community-based partners. To accomplish this goal, the corrections sector is increasingly leveraging technology-based solutions to deliver reentry programs, supervision, and support services in ways that may ultimately improve outcomes.

In this report, researchers describe a virtual workshop, convened in March 2021 by the RAND Corporation and the University of Denver on behalf of the National Institute of Justice. A group of prison, jail, and probation and parole administrators; community-based service providers; researchers; and other experts was convened to identify and prioritize 11 high-priority needs to address this issue.

Successful reentry can be achieved only if these and other needs are addressed. Additionally, returning citizens on community supervision must comply with their conditions of release. Therefore, in addition to addressing the needs of returning citizens, the sector has the obligation to protect the public by monitoring compliance with these conditions and ensuring accountability.

The research described in this report was supported by the National Institute of Justice and conducted by the Justice Policy Program within RAND Social and Economic Well-Being.

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