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Introduction
The importance of understanding and addressing prisoner reentry at the community level cannot be overstated.  With a large and growing number of prisoners released each year from state and federal correctional institutions, prisoner reentry poses numerous community challenges, including an increased risk to public safety and the limited availability of jobs, housing, and social services for returning prisoners.  Moreover, today's intense cycle of arrest, removal, incarceration and reentry-at levels four times higher than 20 years ago-has a disparate impact on a relatively small number of communities around the country.
Breaking the Cycle of Recidivism
First we must address the Needs of Released Inmates:

1. Identify the individuals high risk an develop service plan for them.
Any effort to reduce recidivism must recognize that the diversity of the prison requires solutions that can address a myriad of the individuals needs.  No single program can reduce recidivism significantly because many different factors affect it.  Released individuals encounter a range of common problems within themselves that contribute to returning to criminal behaviors.

2. Provide effective and intensive case management, and monitoring after release.

Offenders often face multiple problems and challenges upon release-finding a place and a job, staying drug free, reuniting with family membres, and rebuilding one's life.  Efforts to reduce recidivism require attention to the specific and changing circumstances of former offenders and need to provide access to services that can address them.  A 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