We are here to help.

Inside Out Reentry Community (IO) serves individuals returning from incarceration. Nobody knows how hard it is to reenter society after prison better than someone who has been there. IO has both former incarcerated individuals and long-time prison volunteers to help.  We believe that every returning citizen should have access to the services and resources necessary to maintain a productive life.

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.  The American Bar Association estimates that people returning to their communities after incarceration face nearly 40,000 different barriers to success.

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.

Contact:     insideoutreentry@gmail.com

(319) 338-7996 or (319) 621-6263 (cell)

Inside Out Reentry Community
500. N. Clinton Street, Iowa City, IA 52245
Resource Center Hours
Monday – Tuesday – 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday – 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Thursday – 1:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Friday – 10:00 AM – 12:00 NOON
(or by appointment)

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