An economic evaluation of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative. The Multi-site Evaluation of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative.
Decision makers who are in charge of planning and funding prisoner reentry programs and policies need to know the cost of reentry services and the benefits that accrue to society as a result of these services. In 2003, the U.S. Departments of Justice, Labor, Housing and Urban Development, and Health and Human Services established the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI), a large-scale funding stream that provided more than $100 million to 69 grantees to develop programming, training, and state-of-the-art reentry strategies at the community level. The multi-site evaluation of SVORI examined the initial implementation of 16 different reentry programming models in 2004–2005. The economic evaluation focused on offenders reentering society from five sites: programming for men in Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina and programming for juvenile males in South Carolina.