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 For Immediate Release
June 20, 2006

CONTACT: Gilbert Moore
(202) 616-1728

POLICE INVOLVEMENT IN EX-OFFENDER REENTRY PROCESS CAN LEAD TO DECREASED CRIME RATES IN COMMUNITIES

Washington, D.C. - A report released today by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Urban Institute finds that police involvement in reentry programs can potentially reduce crime rates, decrease community fear associated with reentry issues, and help ex-offenders access services that contribute to a reduction in recidivism. Prisoner Reentry and Community Policing: Strategies for Enhancing Public Safety examines the role of law enforcement in reentry programs and the link between community policing, public safety, and prisoner reentry.

The report, which details police sponsored reentry programs in 15 cities, was featured today during a summit on ex-offender reentry issues that was attended by law enforcement and criminal justice executives from cities throughout the country, and hosted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

"Prisoner reentry today presents significant challenges for communities and the ex-offender," said COPS Director Carl R. Peed. "We know that most people who are incarcerated will eventually be released, and we know that an increasing number of offenders will be released without having received adequate employment skills or substance abuse counseling. We also know that recently released offenders are estimated to account for 20 percent of all adult arrests made by police. Therefore, it should be no surprise that the best possible outcome for the community and the ex-offender can be achieved more effectively when police are proactively involved in supporting the reentry process."

In addition to examining successful police managed reentry programs, the report includes perspectives shared during a roundtable discussion between national reentry experts and a review of additional literature on the topic.

Prisoner Reentry and Community Policing: Strategies for Enhancing Public Safety was commissioned by COPS to serve as a resource for communities and law enforcement agencies as they work to establish effective reentry strategies. It can be ordered free-of-charge by calling the COPS Response Center at 800.421.6770. The publication is one of the many information and grant resources that COPS makes available to advance the practice of community policing nationwide.

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