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NCJ Number: 212566 Find in a Library
Title: When the Gates Open: Ready4Work--A National Response to the Prisoner Reentry Crisis
Author(s): Joshua Good; Pamela Sherrid
Corporate Author: Public/Private Ventures
United States of America
Date Published: October 2005
Page Count: 37
Sponsoring Agency: Public/Private Ventures
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Sale Source: Public/Private Ventures
2005 Market Street, Suite 900
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After reviewing the dimensions of the recidivism problem for offenders released from custody into the community, this booklet discusses the rationale, design, implementation, promising practices, and outcome data for the Ready4Work project, which is a national demonstration project that represents current best thinking by both government and the private sector on how to reduce recidivism.
Abstract: Ready4Work is based in the view that there is a narrow window of opportunity for redirecting in a positive way the life of an individual who has just returned to a community after release from prison. It attempts to prepare inmates for their reentry to the community prior to their leaving prison and then links the newly released individual with services and supports immediately or within 90 days of his/her release. Key program components are employment, mentoring, and case management. The program stemmed from a partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor's Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (CFCBI) and Public/Private Ventures (P/PV), a national nonprofit organization committed to improving the effectiveness of social policies and programs. As a first step in implementing the program, P/PV formed an advisory council of experts in the fields of criminology, prison administration, justice, social services, and faith. This group has met twice annually in person and twice annually via conference calls to discuss current research and knowledge about reentry, to define the knowledge gaps in the field, and to develop strategies to address them. Eleven adult sites and 7 juvenile sites were selected for the demonstration project. Although it will require a formal impact evaluation of the program's results to determine whether the model fulfills its promise, initial trends are positive, with high participation statistics and few reported instances of recidivism. 33 notes and appended descriptions of each site's activities
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Case management; Community involvement; Employment services; Ex-offender employment; Interagency cooperation; Mentoring programs; Post-release programs; Prerelease programs; Private sector civic involvement; Private sector-government cooperation; Program design; Program implementation; Program termination; Reentry
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