Former prisoners face many challenges in reintegrating into their communities after serving their sentences. These challenges can include problems accessing public assistance benefits, difficulty finding appropriate substance abuse treatment and mental
and physical healthcare after their release, and trouble obtaining housing and employment due to discrimination based on their incarceration and other issues. The Special Committee on Re-entry will explore steps that can be taken during incarceration
and the re-entry process to help bridge the gap between prison and participation in free society, including educational programs during and after incarceration and other initiatives aimed at curbing recidivism. The special committee will develop a report
and recommendations including a consideration of collateral consequences that can have an impact on reentry, as well as proposals for assisting former prisoners with obtaining necessary public assistance and improving the transition from incarceration
back into our communities.