Monday, May 17, 2010

Report Evaluates Reentry Programs

A report by the Urban Institute, The Multi-Site Evaluation of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative, evaluates the federally funded program designed to improve education, employment, health, and housing outcomes for released prisoners through the provision of services during and after incarceration. Sixty-nine agencies received federal funds to develop eighty-nine programs. Adult males, adult females, and juveniles were all provided services through the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI). The Urban Institute report addresses the aspects of the initiative that have best worked to improve the established outcomes for reintegrating ex-offenders as well as the aspects that did not work well. Further analyses are planned to determine whether there are discrete programs or subgroups associated with positive outcomes as well as to examine the relationship between outcomes and the specific services received.

Evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of policies and programs is the best way to ensure that the services provided are having the intended effect. Visit our homepage to sign up for e-mail updates on results-based reentry policy – coming soon.
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