Reentry Courts

Resource Guide

Reentry Courts assist individuals released from incarceration and their families in reintegrating the individual into the community by using the authority of the court to address behavioral health issues contributing to a cycle of addiction or criminal activity.

Links to related online resources are listed below. Non-digitized publications may be borrowed from the NCSC Library; call numbers are provided.


Reentry Courts

Nebraska Reentry Court Best Practice Standards. (2017).

Nebraska Supreme Court Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation. While acknowledging that research pertaining to reentry courts is in an early stage, Nebraska reviewed relevant evaluation studies that pertain to existing reentry courts to create these best practices.

The National Institute of Justice's Evaluation of Second Chance Act Adult Reentry Courts: Program Characteristics and Preliminary Themes from Year 1.

(2013). RTI International,Center for Court Innovation, and NPC Research. This report presents findings from eight diverse reentry programs who received BJA funding pursuant to The Second Chance Act of 2007.

Wolf, Robert V. Reentry Courts: Looking Ahead A Conversation about Strategies for Offender Reintegration.

(2011). Center for Court Innovation. BJA sponsored a focus group of policymakers, court practitioners, parole and probation administrators, and researchers to take stock of reentry courts in 2010. This report focuses on those reentry courts' achievements, challenges, and future prospects.

Macoubrie, Jane and Daniel J. Hall Achieving the Full Potential of Reentry and Fathering Courts.

(March 2010). National Center for State Courts. This report reviews the fathering court movement and the convergence with reentry court programs.

Hamilton, Zachary Do Reentry Courts Reduce Recidivism.

(March 2010). Center for Court Innovation This report compares Harlem Parole Reentry Court participants to similarly placed parolees under traditional supervision.

Macoubrie, Jane Converging Trends in Fathering and Reentry Courts.

(2010). Future Trends in State Courts. Fathering problem-solving courts are increasing across the country, as are programs for ex-prisoners. This article reviews the current state of the field, the diverse roles courts currently have, and discusses success factors not usually identified as best practices in problem-solving courts.

Nellis, Ashley and Richard Hooks Wayman Back on Track: Supporting Youth Reentry from Out-of-Home Placement to the Community.

(2009). Prepared by the Youth Reentry Task Force of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition, this report describes principles for effective youth reentry programs and provides recommendations for federal leadership in youth reentry.