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NCJ Number: NCJ 240444     Find in a Library
Title: Delaware Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Project 2003 to 2006 Evaluation with Recidivism Results
Author(s): John P. O'Connell Jr. ; Julia E. Cahill
Corporate Author: Delaware Statistical Analysis Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 05/2009
Page Count: 30
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2002-RE-CX-0008
Sale Source: Delaware Statistical Analysis Ctr
410 Federal Street, Suite 6
Dover, DE 19901
United States of America
Document: PDF 
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents the recidivism follow-up findings from the 2003-2006 evaluation of Delaware’s Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI), whose aim is to reduce the recidivism of released prisoners by assisting them in accessing the services they need to reenter society successfully.
Abstract: The program design was to have inmates begin work with their SVORI case manager up to a year before release from prison, so as to ensure that coordinated and timely services would be available on release. Services were related to education, employment, housing, mental health, substance abuse, legal assistance, and monitoring for compliance. In accordance with the U.S. Department of Justice guidelines for grantees receiving Federal funds for this nationwide effort, the Delaware SVORI targeted high-risk offenders between 18-35 years old at release and who had no record of sex offenses. The anticipated result of SVORI was expected to be a finely tuned multi-agency prisoner reentry project that could successfully manage 300 admissions a year. The evaluation found that although some of the results for the drug addiction programs have been promising, there has been no evidence of a sustained decrease in overall recidivism due to SVORI. The evaluation drew a number of lessons. One lesson is that the program has proven efficient at detecting offenders’ new crimes or violations of their court orders. Seventy-five percent of Level IV offenders and over 60 percent of the Level III offenders recidivate within 1 year. Another lesson learned is that many released prisoners are serious criminals who are at best mildly committed to reentry programming. Only one-third of the SVORI offenders completed the SVORI program; and of these, only one-third remained crime-free for 1 year. Keeping offenders engaged in rehabilitation and finding ways to coordinate service delivery are significant challenges. 3 charts, 3 tables, and a list of 8 resources
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Recidivism ; Violent offenders ; Post-release programs ; Corrections effectiveness ; Delaware ; Office of Justice Programs (OJP) ; Reentry
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