The Return

PBS Premiere: May 23, 2016Check the broadcast schedule »

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The Return — The film's official website provides information on the film and filmmakers, as well as a link to a New York Times Op-Doc by the filmmakers

Original Online Content on POV

To enhance the broadcast, POV has produced an interactive website for The Return to enable viewers to explore the film in greater depth. The a streaming video trailer for the film; an interview with the filmmakers; a list of related websites, articles and books; a downloadable discussion guide; and special features.

Reentry Resources and Information

Essential Reentry Sourcebook

This comprehensive publication was created by the Ray Brook Reentry Initiative in Ray Brook, New York (a collaboration between Federal Correctional Institution Ray Brook staff and inmates dedicated to reentry skills enhancement on a local, state and national level). It contains more than 3,500 local, state and national resources.

Fair Shake

Fair Shake is dedicated to reducing the recidivism rate through personal and community focused ownership and engagement opportunities for currently and formerly incarcerated individuals in connection with families, employers, property managers, corrections and communities.

Federal Bureau of Prisons: Resources for Former Inmates

The Federal Bureau of Prisons "Resources for Former Inmates" page includes a handbook in English and Spanish with checklists, helpful tools and resources for returned citizens, employment assistance info and other resources.

National HIRE Network: Resources, Information and Assistance

This clearinghouse links to state-specific governmental agencies and community-based organizations to assist people with criminal records, practitioners, researchers and policymakers. It may be of assistance in providing job-related and legal services, answering questions arising from having a criminal record and offering referrals to other useful organizations.

National Institute of Corrections, Transition and Offender Workforce Development

The community services division coordinates the efforts of federal, state, local and nonprofit agencies to improve employment programs for offenders and ex-offenders. The division assists corrections professionals who provide direct services to offenders and ex-offenders.

Prisoner Reentry Institute

This project from John Jay College of Criminal Justice provides research studies about many facets of reentry and programs that serve recently released ex-prisoners

Reentry Central

This is a non-government source of news and information related to reentry, run by One Million Americans, a nonprofit serving ex-offenders

Reentry Net, a project of the Bronx Defenders and Pro Bono Net, is a collaborative education and resource center for individuals and organizations in New York state that advocate for people with criminal records and their families. Reentry Net also hosts a clearinghouse that includes academic research, evaluations of programs and initiatives and policy reports on the full range of issues that affect the reentry community.

Stanford Justice Advocacy Program

Formerly the Three Strikes Project, this Stanford Law School program provides information on reentry, policy analysis, justice system reform and more.

Government Programs and Resources

National Reentry Resource Center

This clearinghouse of resources and stats from the Council of State Governments is searchable by state.

U.S. Department of Justice

This website's resources include a toolkit for establishing faith-based reentry programs.

U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics

This is the country's primary source for criminal justice statistics.

U.S. Department of Labor: "Mentoring Ex-Prisoners: A Guide for Prisoner Reentry Programs"

This 2007 guide for mentoring ex-prisoners provides concrete information for assisting those undergoing reentry.

Reentry services must be local by definition, so in addition to the national resources listed here, be sure to search for reentry programs in your city, county and state. To search for resources by location, visit