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Why is Re-entry Important?

Updated: Jan 11, 2023

"Re-Entry is Public Safety, and Re-entry starts on Day 1 of incarceration"- Raymond Powell, Interim Executive Director of Mumineen CDC

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) defines offender reentry as the transition from life in jail or prison to life in the community. The NIJ states that returning to the community from jail or prison is a complex transition for most incarcerated persons and their families and communities. Upon reentering society, they will likely struggle with substance abuse, inadequate education and job skills, limited housing options, and mental health issues (National Institute of Justice, 2013). Reentry initiatives, like those planned to be delivered at Mumineen CDC, are critical.

Reentry services are an invaluable resource for those who have been incarcerated and are reintegrating back into the community. These services are designed to help individuals transition back into society by providing a range of services such as housing assistance, employment support, mental health counseling, and other resources. By helping individuals access these services, reentry programs can reduce recidivism rates, which helps keep the community safe and improves the lives of those who have been incarcerated.

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Reentry services can provide individuals with the tools and resources needed to transition back into the community and lead productive lives successfully. Employment support, for example, can provide individuals with job training and placement services, as well as access to education and career counseling. These resources can help individuals find meaningful and stable employment, which is essential for successful reintegration into society.

Mental health counseling and other services can also help individuals address issues related to addiction and trauma, which can be a major factor in recidivism. By providing access to mental health services, individuals can learn how to cope with stress and manage mental health issues, giving them the support they need to stay out of trouble.

Reentry services are an essential part of the community, and they play a crucial role in reducing recidivism. By providing access to job training, mental health services, and a range of other resources, reentry programs can give individuals the tools and support needed to successfully reintegrate back into society and lead successful, crime-free lives

Your donations and support will be crucial as the Mumineen CDC Board and executive team launch its flagship Reentry initiative in the Spring of 2023. Donate at and stay updated on our progress by joining our list-serve.


National Institute of Justice. (2013). Overview of Reentry. Retrieved from on January 11, 2023

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