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Reentry Resources for Returning Citizens, their families, and loved ones: Advocacy & Support Groups

This LibGuide contains information for individuals formally incarcerated or detained in county, state, or federal institutions, and are returning to or living in the state of Massachusetts.
The following page suggests organizations that may serve as a source of support, guidance, and assistance for addiction, recovery, violence prevention, prison reform, and protection of civil rights. Please contact each organization for more information.
Library Research Tools

If you want to perform research concerning reentry trends, prison reform, criminal justice system, legal issues, or any other relevant areas, the Boston Public Library has access to electronic databases covering diverse subject matter. Please visit your closest branch location and sign up for a library card to access this material or to ask a librarian for assistance.

Support Groups


Al-Anon Family Groups
Meetings in Boston and throughout Massachusetts
find a meeting | contact

Allies in Recovery

New England Center & Home for Veterans
17 Court Street, Boston MA 02108

Mothers for Justice and Equality
Monthly programs & events


Moving Steps Foundation
The Moving Steps Foundation is a non-profit organization that establishes and conducts dance programs for incarcerated women and former offenders in Massachusetts.

Gambler's Anonymous
Weekday meetings throughout Massachusetts

find a meetingcontact

Nar-Anon Family Groups

Nar-Anon Family Groups
Meetings in Massachusetts, organized through a daily database

find a meeting | contact



Advocacy Groups


Prison Policy Initiative
PO Box 127
​Northampton, MA 01061

National Reentry Resource Center
22 Cortlandt St., 22nd Floor
​New York, NY 10007

ACLU Massachusetts
211 Congress Street
​Boston, MA 02110

New England Innocence Project
120 Tremont St., Suite 735
​Boston, MA 02108





Suggested databases and keyword terms are below:


  • Federal or State corrections
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal rehabilitation or rehabilitation
  • Ex-offender or ex-convict
  • Homelessness
  • Housing Insecurity
  • Incarceration
  • Imprisonment
  • Juvenile corrections
  • Mass incarceration
  • Parole
  • Poverty
  • Prison reform
  • Prisoner reintegration 
  • Prisoners' rights
  • Recidivism
  • Reentry
  • Reentry trends
  • Unemployment