Jan. 10,2009In May of 2008, at the NADCP Conference in St.Louis, Senator Claire McCaskill, a friend and co-founder of the Drug Court movement, and I had a brief conversation about Reentry Courts, the subject of her speech at the Conference. The possibility of getting a policy paper on reentry court to the fledgling Obama transition team was discussed. That discussion became the impetus for a writing project attempting to define, analyze and distill what a reentry court was, what it could accomplish, and what role the federal government might play in in making it a national reality. I presented four policy papers to the Obama Transition Team and Senator McCaskill’s staff on behalf of NADCP in January of 2009; my best attempt at a clear and concise exposition on the potential of the reentry court.
Introduction: The Importance of Community-based Systems
Policy Paper No. 1: Proposal for a National Reentry Court Initiative
Policy Paper No. 2: County Jail-based Reentry Courts
Policy Paper No. 3: Prison-based Reentry Courts
Policy Paper No. 4: Implementing a National Reentry Court Initiative