Offender Reentry: New Jersey's New Way of Doing Business

Melinda D. Schlager, New Jersey State Parole Board/Rutgers Unv

ABSTRACT
Offender reentry has become the paramount concern for most if not all state correctional and paroling agencies in the nation. Reentry is important for a variety of reasons, but primarily because more than 600,000 offenders are reentering communities across the nationa, potentially impacting public safety. This research will highlight New Jersey's Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative, including our multifaceted, holistic approach to offender Reentry, and will provide an analysis of the offenders participating in this program. As a result of this initiative, the state correctional and paroling authorities are fundamentally changing the 'way in which they do business,' blending traditional correctional policy with 'cutting-edge' approaches to offender release and treatment.

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Updated 05/20/2006