Welcome to the Oregon Reentry Wiki

What is Reentry?

"Roughly 700,000 offenders return from state and federal prisons to communities all over the nation each year. This `reentry’ phenomenon has citizens and policy makers alike asking whether offenders are equipped to become law-abiding, tax-paying members of society. Can they be expected to refrain from re-offending and from re-victimizing their fellow citizens? Unsuccessful reentry can mean more crime and more victims. But successful offender reentry equates to public safety. There is a growing understanding that if an offender can return to the community without re-offending and without victimizing another person, then the community is safer. And, if he can also become a productive member of society—working, supporting his family, and paying taxes—the community is stronger and more stable. Everyone wins.

This growing understanding that successful offender reentry can mean fewer victims, containment of correctional costs, and stronger, healthier communities, has sparked many efforts in states and communities across the nation to support and enhance reentry success.” 1

What is a Wiki?

According to Wikipedia, the world’s largest wiki site, a wiki is a type of website that allows users to add, remove, or otherwise edit and change most content very easily. As part of the Wikidot.com network this site is a customizable piece of the Internet where users can edit and add content.

Why a Reentry Wiki for Oregon?

The Oregon Reentry Wiki is a “one-stop-shop” approach to providing information on state and county level services and resources available to offenders who have been released from Oregon Department of Corrections custody. The site allows state agencies and local community partners to easily post relevant information on the web, and gives offenders a single place to identify resources available to them upon return to their home communities. The wiki can also be used as a resource for members of the general public, who desire to gain a better understanding of the reentry process, and the ways in which they can help offenders successfully reintegrate into society.

Additional Information

Governor’s Reentry Council – One Year Later
Oregon Governor's Re-entry Council
Governor’s Executive Order on Reentry
DOC and ODOT partner for offenders to obtain ID
Removing Employment Barriers
A General List of Resources
Rose City Recovery Connections
Information about Child Support and Incarcerated Parents in Oregon
HUD Director Encourages Public Housing Authorities to Grant Access to People with Criminal Records
Reentry Myth Busters, a great resource for many questions
ROAR, Re-Entry Organizations and Resources

References
1. Burke, P.B. (2008) The TPC reentry handbook: Implementing the NIC transition from prison to the community model. Washington, DC: National Institute of Corrections.
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