Approximately 60,000 youth are currently confined in juvenile detention and correctional facilities in this country, with hundreds of thousands more on probation.[1] The time youth spend in confinement has a significant and often negative impact on their development.[2] Many youth who have been confined face a myriad of challenges when they return home, including difficulty reenrolling in school, finding jobs, and continuing with needed mental health and substance abuse treatment.

To help these youth make a successful transition home, more jurisdictions are recognizing the importance of re-entry planning and aftercare services. “Re-entry” is the process of preparing youth who have been in out-of-home placements to make a positive transition from confinement to a peaceful and productive life in their home communities. In order to best help youth flourish, systems need to “think exit at entry”— effective re-entry, in other words, is part of a continuum of care that begins when a young person enters the juvenile justice system and continues with the provision of post-release, reintegrative services, support, and supervision when they return home, often called “aftercare” services.[3]

In this section of the Resource Hub, you’ll find an overview of key issues and reform trends relating to re-entry and aftercare. Within the key issues and reform trends sections, you will find helpful links as well as the most recent research, cutting-edge reforms, model policies, links to experts, and toolkits to take action.

Re-entry Topics



[1] Federal Interagency Reentry Council, “Juvenile Reentry” (June 2014): 1,; Sarah Hockenberry, “Juveniles in Residential Placement, 2011” (Washington, DC: United States Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Protection, August 2014),

[2]  Federal Interagency Reentry Council, “Juvenile Reentry” (June 2014): 1,

[3] Federal Interagency Reentry Council, “Reentry Myth Buster: On Youth Access to Education upon Reentry“ (undated),