skip navigation

Add your conference to our Justice Events calendar


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the NCJRS Abstracts Database. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

  NCJ Number: NCJ 240773     Find in a Library
  Title: Role of Screening and Assessment in Jail Reentry
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Gary Christensen ; Jesse Jannetta ; Janeen Buck Willison
  Corporate Author: The Urban Institute
United States of America
  Date Published: 04/2012
  Page Count: 11
  Annotation: This brief presents the two-stage screening and assessment process to determine risk and need levels, a core element of the Transition from Jail to Community (TJC) model.
  Abstract: This brief examines the role of screening and assessment in the TJC model, how to select and implement screening for risk of reoffending and assessment of criminogenic risk and need factors, and how to integrate risk and need information into comprehensive jail intervention strategies. Findings show that implementing screening and assessment in a jail context to support reentry is feasible, and every TJC site was able to fully implement risk screening and implement risk/needs assessment for at least an initial target population; providing risk and needs assessment to TJC community partners is a key strategic planning step; continuous cross-training and reinforcement is necessary to build a system understanding of risk and needs information and how to use it; limited capacity to extract and analyze data can impede the effectiveness of screening and assessment; monitoring quality of screening and assessment is crucial; and the use of consistent case plan forms and assessment instruments, and the sharing of these forms among agencies, are key strategies to ensure continuity of service delivery during the transition process. The TJC model incorporates findings from the body of prisoner reentry research and the literature on evidence-based practices. Figures, references
  Main Term(s): Reentry
  Index Term(s): Revolving door process ; Information processing ; Jails ; Jail management
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Corrections
United States of America
  Grant Number: 11TO02GKH6
  Sale Source: The Urban Institute
2100 M Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
United States of America
  Type: Program Description (Model)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.