This section will help you create resource packets or guides to empower those incarcerated to use services while in jail and after release. You will also learn the best way to distribute the guides, including training for jail staff.
The development of a user-friendly county- or city-specific resource brochure, pamphlet, or pocket-size resource guide will help the returning population and their families understand the community resources available to meet their needs.
The content of resource brochures and guides ranges from listing the most important numbers and hotlines to providing a description of the challenges inmates face at release and helpful tips to manage them.
Resource packets are important for a number of reasons:
Following are 12 recommendations for the development of reentry guides:1
Benefit boards located throughout your facility are an effective way to disseminate transitional materials, including informational pamphlets and applications from the Social Security Administration; state and local government agencies responsible for health, education, labor/employment, public assistance, identification, and housing; U.S. Veterans Administration; and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
New York City Department of Correction Benefits Board &
Following are examples of different types of resource materials for people transitioning from jail and prison to the community.
1.Cuyahoga County, Ohio. 2011. Going Home to Stay: A Guide for Successful Reentry for Men and Women.
2. Davidson County, TN Sheriff’s Office. 2008. Reentry packet and information and referral guide.
3. Douglas County, KS. Reentry resource list with map and bus routes.
4. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division. Crisis Resource Card.
5. Douglas County, KS. Online list and map of emergency resources in Lawrence, KS.
6. Fishman, Nancy and Jeff Mellow. 2008. Essex County Smart Book: A Resource Guide for Going Home will give you a better idea of information you may want to include in a resource guide.
8. Orange County Sheriff’s Department Inmate Service Division. Client Release Guide: A guide to food, shelter & other emergency services in Orange County.
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1Mellow and Dickenson, “The Role of Prerelease Handbooks for Prisoner Reentry,” Federal Probation 70 (2006): 70–76.