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  NCJ Number: NCJ 243979     Find in a Library
  Title: FY 2011 Second Chance Act Adult Offender Reentry Demonstration Projects: Evaluability Assessment of the Boston Reentry Initiative
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Jennifer Hardison Walters ; Erin Kennedy ; Aaron Horvath
  Corporate Author: The Urban Institute
United States of America

RTI International
United States of America
  Date Published: 09/2013
  Page Count: 29
  Annotation: This study conducted an evaluability assessment (determination of whether a project is a candidate for meaningful evaluation) of the Boston Reentry Initiative (BRI), a FY 2011 Second Chance Act (SCA) demonstration site, whose grant-mandated goals are to increase reentry programming for returning prisoners and their families; reduce recidivism of program participants by 50 percent over 5 years, reduce parole violations, and improve reintegration outcomes.
  Abstract: The BRI evaluability assessment (EA) determined that although the BRI has been subjected to rigorous local evaluation, process and cost evaluations would supplement previous and ongoing evaluation research; process and cost evaluations would likely provide useful information for practitioners, program developers, and policymakers. The BRI is a well-established, stable program with clearly defined components, consistent selection and enrollment processes, and a steady case flow sufficient to support an outcome evaluation in addition to process and cost evaluations. The majority of key stakeholders expressed a basic understanding of and appreciation for evaluation. They were receptive to the EA team and to additional evaluation; however, they expressed concern about redundancy of a national evaluation given the ongoing local evaluation. Stakeholders did not have questions for future evaluation beyond recidivism reduction. Several stakeholders were interested in program improvement, particularly in the areas of housing and employment, as well as best practices and strategies for preventing criminal behavior among youth. The BRI is founded on long-standing collaborations between law enforcement, prosecutorial, and faith-based and community-based organizations. It uses a joint public-safety and social-service approach in reducing violent, gun, and gang crime among young male offenders with extensive, serious criminal histories. BRI supports their reintegration into their high-crime neighborhoods after their incarceration. EA methodology is explained in detail, along with BRI program components and activities. 3 exhibits, 4 references, and appended logic models
  Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
  Index Term(s): Program evaluation ; Prerelease programs ; Post-release programs ; NIJ final report ; Massachusetts ; Performance Measures ; Reentry
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2012-R2-CX-0032
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
  Type: Report (Study/Research) ; Research (Applied/Empirical) ; Report (Grant Sponsored)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: For the executive summary of the full report, see NCJ-243978; and for the other individual site reports, see NCJ-243980-88.
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