In 2009, more than seven million adults were incarcerated in the United States. Annual prisoner release rates have been rising due to budget cuts and prison crowding. Nearly 650,000 people are released from state and federal prison yearly and a 2002 study reported that within three years of their release, 67% of former prisoners were arrested again and 52% were incarcerated again. In order to address these high recidivism rates, a variety of reentry initiatives were created. Reentry involves programs targeted to help offenders as they transition back to communities after they are released from prison. The program strategies consist of both pre-release services (education, mental health assessment, substance abuse treatment) and post-release services (job placement and helping ex-offenders access available support services). Marriage/relationship education (MRE) is another appropriate intervention for both pre-release and post-release service. Studies show that individuals with strong financial and emotional support from family members are less likely to return to prison. This Tip Sheet is for practitioners who work with prisoners about to be released or with individuals who have recently been released. It provides tips regarding specific MRE skills appropriate for this target population.