Characteristics of Prisoner Reentry Programs for Juveniles. The Multi-site Evaluation of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative
The SVORI multi-site evaluation team provides frequent, brief, and practical information on SVORI programs and interim evaluation findings through our RRIA series of topical briefs. This RRIA focuses on SVORI programs that serve juveniles exclusively, and highlights organizational characteristics, approaches to service coordination, and special service components. This information will be of immediate interest to those practitioners interested in designing similar programs.
The SVORI program solicitation provided only broad programmatic guidelines to the applicants, including requirements for three phases (prerelease, short-term post-release, and long-term community reintegration), needs assessment, and coordinated case management. As a result, the programs funded under the initiative vary widely in terms of programmatic characteristics and services delivered. Table 1 provides a summary of the key organizational characteristics of the juvenile SVORI programs. Although most SVORI funds were awarded to state juvenile justice or social service agencies, nearly one quarter of post-release phases were run by private agencies through contracts. Only a small minority of the juvenile programs reported starting a new program (22%), and most emphasize the pre- and the post-release phases equally.