Venturing Beyond the Gates: Facilitating Successful Reentry with Entrepreneurship

The Prisoner Reentry Institute is pleased to announce the publication of Venturing beyond the Gates: Facilitating Successful Reentry with Entrepreneurship.  This monograph represents the culmination of a year-long project, funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, exploring the viability of entrepreneurship as an employment strategy during reentry. Venturing beyond the Gates is a highly practical and informative tool for professionals in the fields of workforce development, economic development, criminal justice and entrepreneurship.  It includes:

  • Key statistics, definitions, and historical overviews for the fields of criminal justice, reentry, entrepreneurship and microenterprise development;
  • A set of five opportunities to facilitate successful reentry with entrepreneurship, including strategies for developing and sustaining a national initiative focused on bridging these fields;
  • Profiles of formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs;
  • Profiles and case studies detailing the experiences of microenterprise programs that are currently collaborating with correctional agencies/reentry programs to customize services to this population in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Mexico;
  • Strategies for leveraging funding streams; and
  • Contact points for potential partners at the state and local level. 

The full report can be accessed here:

If you have any questions, would like to find out more about this topic, or request a hard copy of the monograph, contact Nicole Lindahl, Assistant Director of the Prisoner Reentry Institute, at (646) 557-4534 or

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