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NCJ Number: NCJ 243982     Find in a Library
Title: FY 2011 Second Chance Act Adult Offender Reentry Demonstration Projects: Evaluability Assessment of the Palm Beach County (FL) Regional and State Transitional Ex-Offender Reentry (RESTORE) Initiative
Author(s): Jennifer Hardison Walters ; Erin Kennedy ; Janeen Buck Willison
Corporate Author: The Urban Institute
United States of America

RTI International
United States of America
Date Published: 09/2013
Page Count: 33
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice
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
Document: PDF 
Type: Program/Project Evaluation ; Report (Study/Research) ; Research (Applied/Empirical) ; Report (Grant Sponsored)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study conducted an evaluability assessment (determination of whether a project is a candidate for meaningful evaluation) of the Palm Beach County (Florida) Regional and State Transitional Ex-Offender Reentry (RESTORE) Initiative, 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 RESTORE Initiative is a coordinated county-wide approach to providing reentry services to moderate-risk and high-risk offenders returning to Palm Beach County from Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) correctional facilities. The evaluability assessment (EA) found that the program’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 practitioners, program developers, and policymakers. Key stakeholders showed a fundamental understanding of and an appreciation for evaluation. The program is already invested in program evaluation as demonstrated by their development and use of a county-wide reentry data system that tracks and reports client outcomes, procurement of an external local evaluator, and commitment to internal assessment intended to improve program operations. The EA team is confident that the leadership and stakeholders would welcome participation in the SCA evaluation. The description of RESTORE’s program operations encompasses the target population and its selection and enrollment, pre-release processes and core components, post-release processes and core components, and key staff and resources. Also discussed are staff training and technical assistance, along with data elements, data sources, systems, and strategies. The EA methodology is described. 4 exhibits, 3 references, and appended logic models
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Program evaluation ; Prerelease programs ; Post-release programs ; NIJ final report ; Florida ; Performance Measures ; Reentry
Note: For the executive summary of the full report, see NCJ-243978; and for the other individual site reports, see NCJ-243979-81 and NCJ-243983-88.
   
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