We are here to help.

Due to COVID-19, our resource center is currently closed. However, we’re still here to support you and answer any questions you may have during this difficult time. Please reach out to us at insideoutreentry@gmail.com or call us at (319) 338-7996 or (319) 621-6263.

Inside Out Reentry Community is based in Iowa City and serves people returning to Johnson County after incarceration.  We also work with individuals incarcerated throughout the State to help them develop re-entry plans, regardless of where they plan to live after release.  Returning to and becoming an active member of society after being in prison is tough, and we strive to give these individuals every possible chance to build productive lives. Our entire community benefits when a returnee finds work, a place to live, and becomes a positive, contributing citizen.

Our mission: to support people involved in the criminal legal system and educate the public in order to promote healing, restore relationships, and reduce recidivism.

What we offer:

  1. A drop-in Resource Center to socialize, get assistance with education, job and housing applications, HiSET(GED) and other tutoring, and general problem solving.
  2. Mentoring pairs a returning citizen with a community member for support, companionship, and accountability.  Partners meet every week or so for social time, skill building activities (e.g., writing a resume), and/or discussing how your reentry plan is going.
  3. Community Meetings:  Most Community Meetings begin with a check-in, where participants share their recent successes and challenges.  The second part includes workshops on life skills, self-awareness and emotional literacy, communications skills, and problem-solving, etc.  Small group activities, journaling, meditation, and other exercises are used along with presentations from speakers.

Inside Out Reentry Community aims to reduce the social stigma returning citizens often feel. We are not a faith-based community but we do encourage spiritual exploration as one means of growth and change.

Approximately 95% of current prison inmates in Iowa will be reentering society. 


(319) 338-7996 or (319) 621-6263 (cell)
500 N. Clinton St., Iowa City, IA 52245

We consider ourselves one community
seeking personal and social change from the inside out.