States laws governing growth management as implemented by local governments should ensure that community corrections and re-entry facilities are identified as essential public facilities that cities and counties must afford an opportunity for zoning. State law should provide the procedural due process requirements of consideration of such matters, including a timely appeal process.
Providers of community correctional programs and the public correctional agencies that they contract with must be dedicated to providing more than “housing” to residents in those programs. Such programs should provide assistance to residents in obtaining employment access to substance abuse and mental health services, family reconciliation, and other evidence-based programs and practices.
Providers and their associations should provide accurate and generic educational materials describing the purposes, methods and benefits of re-entry centers and other community correctional programs.
More research needs to be funded by federal agencies and private foundations on siting community correctional programs, including overcoming the NIMBY syndrome. For example, very little research has been conducted on programs where neighbors have been accommodated and impacts mitigated.