Limited Re-Entry Resources for Ex-Offenders

Most ex-offenders re-enter the outside world with little other than perhaps $40 of gate money - no money, no housing, no credit, no transportation, no driver's license, no documents, no insurance, and no appropriate clothes for job interviews and work settings. They also have limited access to health care services.

Finding a job is doubly difficult if you're also struggling to meet your basic needs for food, shelter, and clothing. Many community-based organizations and support groups, such as Goodwill Industries, Salvation Army, churches, and other nonprofit organizations, assist ex-offenders with such basic needs.

In some communities, nonprofit groups such as Dress for Success ( and Jackets for Jobs ( assist individuals who need appropriate attire for job interviews.

SOURCE: Adapted from Ron and Caryl Krannich, Ph.Ds, The Ex-Offender's Job Hunting Guide (Manassas Park, VA: Impact Publications). Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.