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  NCJ Number: NCJ 243981     Find in a Library
  Title: FY 2011 Second Chance Act Adult Offender Reentry Demonstration Projects: Evaluability Assessment of the New Haven (CT) Reentry Initiative
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Janeen Buck Willison ; Kelly Walsh ; Lara Markovits
  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 New Haven (Connecticut) Reentry Initiative (NHRI), 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 evaluability assessment (EA) found that NHRI’s case flow is sufficient to support rigorous evaluation research, and a number of program features warrant further study. Impact, outcome, process, and cost evaluations will likely produce actionable information for the practitioners, program developers, and policymakers. There are some key concerns that will impact the program in the near future that may de-stabilize its operations and evaluability. NHRI funding ends in September 2013 and there is not yet an indication as to whether additional funding will be available. Given the project’s current funding status, program leaders reported that program enrollment would conclude in March 2013 so as to ensure that all new NHRI participants are released and in the community by May 31, 2013. Given the current uncertainty about funding, it is difficult for the EA team to envision what might remain for evaluation after September 2013. NHRI’s primary goals are to reduce re-offending and improve public safety by identifying and reducing the risk of recidivism by 50 percent; build local and community capacity to support reentry; enlisting and engaging the participation of other State agencies and partners in local government, law enforcement, service providers, and community organizations in risk reduction and reentry planning; and using evidence-based practices that address the greatest criminogenic needs. The EA methodology is described in detail. 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 ; Connecticut ; 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: Program/Project Evaluation ; 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-243979-80 and NCJ-243982-88.
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