Reentry Toolkit: A Resource for State Advisory Groups

Homeless youth have disproportionate levels of contact with juvenile justice systems. According to the Center for Coordinated Assistance to States and the American Institutes for Research, an estimated 46% of youth who have experienced homelessness have been held in juvenile detention at some point, this is compared to 15% of youth in the general population. Strong reentry planning is key to ensure these young people have safe and stable housing.

Reentry is the process of preparing and planning for a young person to reintegrate into their community after a period of incarceration or residential placement. It includes identifying appropriate housing, education, financial support, jobs, medical care, and more.

When offered wholistic and individualized support and resources, youth can successfully reintegrate back into their family, community, or alternative home-like settings. They can achieve advancement in education and/or employment and work towards other meaningful personal goals. Be mindful that not all youth can return to their families, so connecting them to healthy support systems within the community is crucial. This could include mentors, local peer support groups, community centers, or clubs.

This toolkit provides state advisory groups and state agencies resources to plan for reentry at the outset of incarceration or out-of-home placement. Below is a webinar discussing best practices for reentry, and the slides are available for download here.

Watch the Webinar on Demand: Best Practices for Reentry

Key Recommendations

  • Plan for Reentry

  • Secure Grant Funding

  • Extend Services to the Age of 26

  • Seal or Expunge Youth Records