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NCJ Number: NCJ 243836     Find in a Library
Title: Evaluability Assessments of the Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) Model, Site Report: COSA Lancaster
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Author(s): Ian A. Elliott, Ph.D. ; Gary Zajac, Ph.D. ; Courtney A. Meyer, M.A.
Date Published: 07/2013
Page Count: 26
  Annotation: This study identified issues that should be considered in an evaluation design for Lancaster’s (Pennsylvania) Circles of Support and Accountability, a restorative justice-based community reentry program for high-risk sex offenders with little or no pro-social community support.
Abstract: Lancaster’s COSA (“COSA Lancaster”) was part of a five-site study of COSA programs in the United States that assessed their readiness for a rigorous evaluation. This assessment concludes that COSA Lancaster is not operating at sufficient capacity to justify investment in a rigorous evaluation; however, it has a strong model in place with the potential for growth, provided the program achieves a sufficient level of financial and operational stability. It is noteworthy that the Center for Community Peacemaking (CCP), which manages COSA Lancaster, has established a COSA program in a region the CCP describes as both politically and religiously conservative. Plans for development include more effective administration, better documentation of program operation, improvements in recruiting volunteer staff, and additional fundraising. The assessment identified some deviations from the intended COSA model, such as flexibility in the “core member” selection criteria. Staff workload was also identified as problematic, as the program director was required to assume a dual role as circle coordinator while being part-time. Further development of relationships with the criminal justice system is also required. The state of data collection, management, and storage is of concern, and this must be improved in order to provide data sufficient for an evaluation. Still, COSA Lancaster has established its first Circles and has been successful in maintaining them. 2 figures and 16 references
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Program evaluation ; Volunteer programs ; Social conditions ; Socially challenged ; Sex offenders ; Program implementation ; Social reintegration ; Post-release programs ; Corrections volunteers ; Sex offender treatment ; NIJ final report ; Pennsylvania ; Reentry ; Restorative Justice
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2012-IJ-CX-0008
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation ; Grants and Funding
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: For the cross-site report, see NCJ-243832; for other site reports, see NCJ-243833-35 and NCJ-243837.
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