"Today when I think of reentry court, I am reminded that nearly every offender sentenced to time in custody will return to the community from whence they came. And thus, every sentencing court is in fact, a reentry court, creating a pathway for the offender’s reentry into society." -Jeff Tauber

Reentry Courts Have Coming Out Party

I’m here in Boston for the NADCP Annual Conference to learn what i can and hopefully pass useful information on to you as the week progresses.

For the first time ever, there will be four full days of Focus Groups,  Skills Based Symposia, and  workshop trainings  on Reentry Court topics. I believe that the extraordinary level of expertise and experience brought together (with substantial financial assistance of the Bureau of Justice Assistance) will make this an important and memorable event.

And there’s good reason to celebrate too. Over $20 million in reentry court funding will be distributed to reentry court pilot programs in the next few months (California alone has a $10 million pilot program). There’s a lot riding on these pilot reentry courts. An incredible opportunity to establish the effectiveness of reentry courts….. and an opportunity for failure as well. While the whole world is definitely not watching, the small world of criminal justice evaluators, scientific researchers, and state administrators and legislators certainly will be.

We need to make the most of  this incredible opportunity. Turning away from the traditional and conventional, and relying on evidence based practices and scientifically proven processes and procedures to make our case; Reentry Courts will become the mainstream approach to high risk offenders leaving our prisons and jails, because they work.

NADCP Introduces Resource Center: “Reentry Court Solutions”

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) made this important announcement in an email yesterday to thousands of its drug court and  related practitioners/subscribers. “Designed to provide critical information to those interested in effective Reentry Court strategies, Reentry Court Solutions is a new national resource center dedicated to all things Reentry Courts.”  Judge Jeffrey Tauber (ret.), Director of “Reentry Court Solutions” described his satisfaction with the the Resource Center’s first days. “I would like to thank NADCP for their collaboration and support in getting “Reentry Court Solutions” off the ground. We’ve had hundreds of contacts from all over the country and across the world. I believe that the launching of a “National Reentry Court Resource Center” marks the beginning of a new focus on the importance of the reentry court model in the criminal justice system”.

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