Reentry Planning and Continuity of Care

Reentry Planning and Continuity of Care 

Reentry is an inevitable consequence of incarceration. Each year, over 600,000 individuals are released from jails or prisons back into our communities. Individuals releasing from incarceration face a myriad of challenges that can impact how successful they are in maintaining a non-criminal lifestyle. This course will provide an overview of the common challenges faced by releasing individuals during the reentry process and strategies institutional and community corrections can apply to promote the continuity of care between life in a facility and life in the community. Further, the importance of collaboration among institutional and community corrections and allied professionals is discussed.


Hours: 2.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

California Board of State and Community Corrections


This activity is approved for 2.50 STC credit hours.

Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training


This class has been accredited by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for 2.50 hours of mandatory continuing education credit. Regarding any law enforcement concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices as might be taught, promoted, or otherwise espoused in outside schools or seminars, there is no intent, expressed or implied, that ‘accreditation’ indicates or in any way conveys ‘CLEET approval’ of such concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices, unless such approval is explicitly stated by CLEET.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PSC-0-RPCC
Hours: 2.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 5/31/2025
Learning Objectives:
Discuss the 3 phases of reentry and the meaning of continuity of care in relation to criminal justice populations.
Identify common challenges to reentry from jail and prisons.
Explain the importance of collaboration among justice entities and community organizations during reentry.
Discuss 5 strategies for improving the continuity of care during reentry.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Overview of Reentry and Continuity of Care

What is Reentry?

What is Continuity of Care?

Reentry in the United States

Phases of Reentry

How Reentry Varies



Section 3: Reentry Challenges

Challenges During the Reentry Process

Short-term stays

Uncertain release dates

Inaccurate Criminal History Databases

Service gaps

Difficulty Navigating Systems

Knowledge Check

State or Federal Laws

Employment Challenges

Housing Challenges

Physical and Behavioral Health Challenges

Education and Vocational Training Challenges

Legal Challenges

Social Support Challenges

Other Challenges



Section 4: Collaboration to Overcome Challenges and Improve the Continuity of Care

The Need for Collaboration

Strategies to Improve the Continuity of Care in Reentry

Develop Reentry Plans Based on RNR Principles

Coordinate Management of the Reentry Plan

Communicate and Share Information Among Agencies and Allied Partners

Ensure “In-Reach” Services

Provide Opportunities for Peer Support



Section 5: Apply What You Have Learned

Savannah’s Story

Savannah in the Correctional Facility

Savannah Preparing for Release

Savannah in the Community


Section 6: Conclusion


Course Contributors




Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, MS

Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the Health and Human Services vertical, in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new Relias staff joining the Content Department. Mrs. Cobb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, and training and technical assistance. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky.

Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Morgen Jaco, M.S.

Ms. Jaco has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Foreign Language with a Minor in Sociology and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has worked in the criminal justice field for over 12 years, specifically in Corrections focusing on reentry and recidivism. Ms. Jaco has worked as an Institutional Probation Officer, a Furlough Probation Officer and a Reentry Program Manager within the Alaska Department of Corrections. As a Probation Officer, Ms. Jaco provided direct services and case management to incarcerated individuals throughout Alaska. As a Reentry Program Officer, Ms. Jaco was able to focus on macro-level policies that directly affect reentry and recidivism throughout the State of Alaska. Ms. Jaco also has experience in grant writing and the implementation of programs stemming from grant awards. Currently, Ms. Jaco works for Cook Inlet Tribal Council, a non-profit organization that collaborates with the 8 federally recognized tribes within the Cook Inlet region to strengthen program and social service capacity for the region’s tribal communities.

Disclosure: Morgen Jaco, M.S. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Correctional Officers; Probation/Parole Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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