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Ban the Box Toolkit
In the early 2000s, grassroots organizers in San Francisco and Boston began urging local governments to remove questions about convictions from job applications so that people can be judged first on their qualifications.The number of jurisdictions that have adopted fair chance policies is constantly increasing. The National Employment Law Project (NELP) provides the latest number and links to the laws and policies in its regularly updated State and Local Ban the Box guide.

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS): Veterans in Prison and Jail, 2011-12 Special Report
The U.S. Department of Justice’s BJS published the Veterans in Prison and Jail, 2011-12 Special Report in December 2015. This report provides and analyzes important Justice-Involved Veterans statistics, including number of veterans incarcerated, rates of incarceration, JIVs’ ethnic and racial statistics, and veterans vs. nonveterans comparison.

Certificates of Rehabilitation (CoRs)
Certificates of Rehabilitation (CoRs) help previously incarcerated individuals successfully reintegrate into society. In their various forms, these certificates are documents that the state provides which lift occupational, housing, or other barriers to re-entry.

Federal Bonding Program (FBP)
The Federal Bonding Program (FBP) has been successfully providing fidelity bonds to employers, giving them access to job seekers and opening doors of opportunity. FBP bonds protect the employer against losses caused by the fraudulent or dishonest acts of the bonded employee.

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)
This agency is responsible for the custody and care of almost 160,000 federal inmates.

Health Care for Reentry Veterans (HCRV)
The Health Care for Reentry Veterans (HCRV) program is designed to promote success and prevent homelessness among Veterans returning home after incarceration by performing outreach and pre-release assessments services for Veterans in prison; making referrals and linkages to medical, mental health and social services, including employment services on release; and conducting short-term case management assistance on release.

Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program (IVTP)
Under the Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program (IVTP), grantees provide supportive services to eligible incarcerated veterans who are “at risk” of becoming homeless. The intent of the program is to provide direct services through a case management approach that leverages federal, state and local resources. Incarcerated veterans are connected with appropriate employment and life skills support as they transition from correctional facilities into the community.

Justice for Vets
Justice for Vets is dedicated to transforming the way the justice system identifies, assesses and treats veterans, leading the national effort to put a veterans treatment court in reach of every veteran in need.

National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC)
the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) was established by the Second Chance Act (Public Law 110-199). Signed into law in 2008 and reauthorized in 2018, the second chance act authorizes federal grants to government agencies and nonprofit organizations to provide reentry services—including employment assistance, substance use treatment, housing, family programming, mentoring, victims support, and other services—and to support corrections and supervision practices that aim to reduce recidivism.

Prison Fellowship
Prison Fellowship works to restore America’s criminal justice system and those it affects by helping men and women replace the cycle of brokenness that landed them in prison, advocating for justice reform and activate grassroot networks to do the same, equipping wardens to bring restorative change to their facilities, and caring for prisoners’ families and help strengthen the bond between children and their parents who are behind bars.

Re-entry Employment Opportunities (REO)
The Re-entry Employment Opportunities (REO) program provides funding, authorized as Research and Evaluation under Section 169 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, for justice-involved youth, young adults, and adults who were formerly incarcerated. Their goal is to develop strategies and partnerships that facilitate the implementation of successful programs at the state and local levels which will improve the workforce outcomes for this special population.

Re-entry Roadmap for Veterans Incarcerated In Virginia
Veterans Affairs (VA), the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS), and the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC), have partnered together to develop this roadmap resource guide to create a smoother transition for justice-involved veterans and their families when entering back into their communities.

SAMHSA Offender Reentry Program (ORP)
The SAMHSA Offender Reentry Program aims to increase substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and any recovery and re-entry services associated with it, specifically targeting current adult offenders or ex-offenders with a SUD and/or co-existing substance use and mental disorder(s).

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today’s evolving workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally.

State Guidebooks for Incarcerated Veterans
The Guidebook for Incarcerated Veterans is a tool for incarcerated veterans and their families who may want access to support services that promote a better and new manner of living. this guidebook addresses the process of economics, social acceptance and reestablishment for incarcerated veterans as they return to society. Be aware, this particular guidebook is an example used in the state of Wisconsin; laws vary from state to state, so be sure you find the correct guidebook for your specific state! veterans guidebook 2019_final.pdf

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) helps justice-involved veterans through programs intended to provide effective treatment services to reduce further criminal justice involvement and to promote recovery for justice-involved individuals who have substance use disorders or co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Sequential Intercept Model (SIM):
The Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) model that details how individuals with mental and substance use disorders come into contact with and move through the criminal justice system.

USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Program
SNAP provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency.

VA Incarcerated Veterans
Explains how VA benefits may/may not be impacted by a veteran’s incarceration. These will range from disability compensation, pension, education, apportionment to spouse or children, medical care while imprisoned, and when benefits may resume.

Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO)
Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) programs help to identify justice-involved veterans and contact them through outreach, in order to facilitate access to Veterans Affairs (VA) services at the earliest possible point. Veterans justice programs accomplish this by building and maintaining partnerships between VA and key elements of the criminal justice system.