Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Reentry Courts

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_202


Reentry courts are “specialized courts that help reduce recidivism and improve public safety through the use of judicial oversight to apply graduated sanctions and positive reinforcement, to marshal resources to support the prisoner’s reintegration, and to promote positive behavior by the returning prisoners (Bureau of Justice Assistance 2010).” An estimated 26 reentry courts and 29 reentry drug courts were in operation as of December 31, 2009 (Huddleston and Marlowe 2011). These courts are intended to address the critical needs of returning prisoners – particularly in the period immediately following release – through the combination of judicial oversight and a collaborative case management process. Reentry courts take many forms, with substantial variation along key dimensions of program design, including the mechanism for jurisdictional authority, target population, whether the court is a stand-alone model or combined with a drug court, and the point of entry into the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Crime, Violence, and JusticeRTI InternationalResearch Triangle ParkUSA
  2. 2.Department of ResearchCenter for Court InnovationNew YorkUSA