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Characteristics of prisoner reentry programs. The Multi-site Evaluation of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative

Citation

Winterfield, L., & Lindquist, C. (2005). Characteristics of prisoner reentry programs. The Multi-site Evaluation of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative. (Project is supported by Grant Numbers 2003-RE-CX-K101 and 2004-RE-CX-0002, awarded by the National Institute of Justice. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI International and Washington, DC: Urban Institute). Unknown Publisher.

Abstract

The Federal SVORI funding consortium believed that individual states were better positioned than the Federal government to determine the particular elements of a reentry initiative that would most appropriately fit their individual offender needs and organizational resources. Thus, the various statelevel activities being operated under SVORI funding are not intended to be viewed as a traditional treatment “program” with specific components dictated by an a priori model. This report describes the SVORI programs along various dimensions that characterize their areas of emphasis, based on data gathered from a June 2005 survey of the SVORI program directors for all 89 programs1. Table 1 summarizes the SVORI programs along key organizational characteristics.

As shown in the table, most (64%) program directors reported that the post-release phase of reentry programming is run primarily by a government agency rather than a private one, although staff from both types of agencies are likely to be involved. Additionally, most program directors reported using program funds to “fill service gaps” or “expand an existing program” rather than to “develop new programming.”