It’s unfortunate, but funding for Reentry Courts under the “Second Chance Act” appears to be in jeopardy. Those in a position to know, claim that few grant applications were submitted last year for Reentry Court funding, and that there appears to be little interest in these grants this year
The federal governemnt and especially the Department of Justice owes it to local communities facing the return of state prisoners to fully explore what appears to be the substantial potential of the Reentry Court. Do a Google search and note the many states that are seriously considering the return of state prisoners to local venues ( often over the strenuous objection of local officials). It would be shortsighted to consider the return of state prisoners to their communities without fully exploring the capacity of “Reentry Court ” to make that transition responsible, cost-effective, and humane.