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State of the Re-Entry Service Community in Little Rock: White Paper of Analysis and Recommendations

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Kathleen Brophy; Mara D'Amico; Ashley Jones
Date Published
April 2013
52 pages
This paper presents the results of a study of the reentry service community in Little Rock, AR.
Research has shown that a well-developed reentry program can be integral to improving reentry efforts and lowering recidivism rates for recently released offenders. This report presents the results of a study examining the work of the reentry service community in Little Rock, AR. The paper begins with a summarization of the barriers that ex-offenders can face when they are released from jail. These barriers include substance abuse, psychological problems, discrimination related to housing, and employment discrimination. The next section of the paper covers the current set of services that are available in Little Rock's reentry service community as they relate to effectively mitigate reentry barriers. These services include transitional employment opportunities, reentry targeted legislation, and the use of drug courts. The final section of the report presents a set of best practices aimed at improving the reentry service community in Little Rock. These best practices focus on community awareness building, business outreach, and legislative advocacy. References