Providing Cash Assistance to People Returning Home in Unprecedented Times

Dignity and self-determination as a means to better criminal justice and economic outcomes.

The Returning Citizens Stimulus (RCS) is disbursing up to $2,750 in cash assistance to individuals recently released from incarceration due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

RCS is designed to address the overwhelming racial disparities impacting the health and economic mobility of people coming home from prison during the COVID-19 pandemic. With several states and cities accelerating releases from prison systems where Black and Latino Americans are overrepresented, RCS provides essential resources to individuals that need unprecedented support returning home from incarceration during a contracting job market.

The program leverages CEO’s pay card system, a robust network of local reentry service providers, and a $23+ million investment from the Justice and Mobility Fund, a collaboration launched by The Ford Foundation and Blue Meridian Partners with support from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. RCS transfers three contactless-delivery “stimulus” payments to individuals while also connecting them to essential reentry supports.

In just over six months, CEO has transferred payments to more than 9,500 people across 28 cities, while focusing on New York City, Los Angeles, Oakland, Detroit, New Orleans, and Tulsa.

"It was a blessing, man. It made me cry, man, I cried. I put $700 for the good. I paid rent and bought groceries. It really helped soooo much. I have grown so much with this (CEO) project. CEO has really motivated me. Thank you."

- Roosevelt, CEO Cleveland Participant

Read More About RCS:

Elevating Stories - Hear how RCS has helped participants returning home during COVID-19.

Rethinking Systems - Read how CEO is demonstrating the need for autonomous reentry support.

Evaluating Outcomes - Learn how we are measuring RCS impact

RCS Update As of July 27, 2021


# of payments CEO distributed for RCS

$24.4 M

Total Distributed to Returning Citizens

Thank You RCS Funders

Thank You RCS Partners