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The National Prisoner Re-entry Initiative (PRI): Bureau of Justice Assistance

The National Prisoner Reentry Initiative (PRI), of BJA is conducted in partnership with the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Labor. It is a comprehensive effort that has as its primary objective the enhancement of public safety through the reduction of recidivism and the amelioration of factors that place inmates at higher risk of recidivism after release. As described on the BJA web site, the initiative encompasses three phases:

  • Phase I Protect and Prepare: Institution based program. Designed to prepare offenders to reenter society; includes education, mental health, substance abuse, job training, mentoring etc.
  • Phase II Control and Restore: Community based transition programs. These programs work with offenders prior to and immediately after release from a correctional institute. Programs include, as appropriate, education, monitoring, mentoring, life skill training, job skill development, assessment etc.
  • Phase III Sustain and Support: Community based long term support programs. These programs connect individual who have left the supervision of the justice system with a network of social service agencies and community based organizations to provide ongoing services and mentoring relationships.

Service Delivery Strategies

The project uses four main typologies of TA and training delivery to achieve the objectives of the continuation grant period:

  1. on-site training and technical assistance delivery by individual consultants or consultant teams
  2. off-site technical assistance and training delivery (via e-mail, telephone, internet, distance learning and other remote methods)
  3. Peer-to-peer hosted site visits and mentoring between existing and developing programs
  4. focus groups and national and regional multi-jurisdiction, multi-disciplinary training and networking activities

Technical assistance services are available to assist grantees to effectively achieve their program objectives through structured interaction with expert consultant-practitioners and with peers from successful, similarly focused programs from around the country. A wide range of technical assistance services are available, including:

  • Working with FBCO partners
  • Mentoring
  • Use of vouchers for services
  • Effective supervision for non-violent, relatively low risk offenders
  • Community partnerships with new partners
  • Reentry initiatives on a national level
  • Transitional services and collaboration within correctional agencies

Technical Assistance Request Process

BJA grantees interested in requesting technical assistance should use the technical assistance request form, or contact Andrew Molloy, Senior Policy Advisor for Corrections at the Bureau of Justice Assistance (202/514-9909) to discuss their technical assistance needs.

Project Contacts

Andrew Molloy, Deputy Associate Director for Justice Systems
Bureau of Justice Assistance

Caroline Cooper
Justice Programs Office