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Do you find it difficult to understand just how you fit into the criminal justice system? Many of us agree that ‘the system is broken’ but have a sense that we play no role at all. We participate -through our action or inaction – in creating a healthy or unhealthy system through a variety of ways: taxes, politics, job opportunities, neighborhood housing options, creating healthy communities and building up or breaking down social barriers around reengaging formerly incarcerated people. We all have the power to improve on our investment in corrections.


Learn more about our Criminal Justice System

According to a recent report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics

About two-thirds (67.8%) of released prisoners were arrested for a new crime within 3 years, and three- quarters (76.6%) were arrested within 5 years.

Within 5 years of release, 82.1% of property offenders were arrested for a new crime, compared to 76.9% of drug offenders, 73.6% of public order offenders, and 71.3% of violent offenders.

More than a third (36.8%) of all prisoners who were arrested within 5 years of release were arrested within the first 6 months after release, with more than half (56.7%) arrested by the end of the first year.

Check out the pages we’ve created for you to learn more and get involved

Media,Facts,Statistics and Links and encouraging Success Stories PEW on

Collateral Costs: Incarceration’s Effect Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions

How can we improve our investment of over $100,000 per incarcerated individual?
(on average, nationwide)

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Things you can do to support successful reentry

Start a Ban-the-Box Campaign in your state!

National Employment Law Project (NELP) Launches Fair Chance

– Ban the Box Campaigns


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NELP staff introduced the Fair Chance – Ban the Box toolkit to help advocates launch their own fair chance, “ban the box” campaigns locally. Check out the new, comprehensive toolkit at https://www.nelp.org/publication/the-fair-chance-ban-the-box-toolkit/. You’ll find NELP’s Fair Chance Factsheet,Best Practices and Model Policies,Research Summary, City and County Guide, the latest State Guide, and many other resources

To find out more visit our Ban the Box page!

Fair Shake applauds these states for banning the box in the private sector:





and Washington D.C.




Rhode Island




New Jersey




BooksSend books!

 Send individual books or hold a book drive!


 Heroic Imagination Project  (http://heroicimagination.org/)

ProjectThe Heroic Imagination Project (HIP) provides knowledge, tools, strategies, and exercises to individuals and groups to help them to overcome the social and psychological forces which can keep them from taking effective action at crucial moments in their lives.

Learn how to Build Community Assets!

The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) and its affiliated faculty have created a library of community building workbooks, published scholarly articles, books, and chapters oriented to an array of audiences. Community assets are key building blocks in sustainable urban and rural community revitalization efforts. These community assets include:

  • The skills of local residents
  • The power of local associations
  • The local history and culture of a neighborhood
  • Public, private and non-profit resources
  • Physical space and infrastructure
  • Economic resources and local potential

ABCD toolkit: http://www.abcdinstitute.org/toolkit/

ABCD resources: http://www.abcdinstitute.org/resources/

Citizen Schools (http://www.citizenschools.org/)CS

There is a critical gap in education. But it isn’t an “achievement gap” as the media often describes it. It’s an opportunity gap. We can close this gap, and help these three million students discover and achieve their dreams, by connecting students who want to learn and adults who have something to teach…families with big dreams and volunteers with big hearts…visionary school leaders and a non-profit with a proven model…citizens and schools.

Here’s more great stuff from Dr. Philip Zimbardo of the Lucifer Effect and the Stanford Prison Experiment

Prisoner Visitation and Support

Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS) is the only organization authorized by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Department of Defense to visit any prisoner in the Federal and Military prison systems. The primary focus is on seeing those prisoners with an acute need for human contact — those prisoners without regular visits, those serving long sentences who are far from home, those in solitary confinement and on death row, and those who are frequently transferred from prison to prison.

In addition to making monthly visits, our visitors also have the opportunity to connect with one another through their correspondence with our national office, meeting with other visitors in their geographical area, as well as participating in our annual training conferences. Through this interaction, visitors support one another, share experiences, and offer guidance.


Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Authors Page

LWRWe’ve created this page to showcase literary accomplishments of the incarcerated and formerly Incarcerated authors. In support of these individuals and all successful transitions, we have vetted and recommended the books on our Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Authors page at:  https://www.fairshake.net/fici/

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