The Multi-site Evaluation of SVORI: Summary and synthesis. The Multi-site Evaluation of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative
In 2003 the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Department of Health and Human Services provided more than $100 million in grant funds to states to develop, enhance, or expand programs to facilitate the reentry of adult and juvenile offenders to communities from prisons or juvenile detention facilities. The Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI) funded agencies to develop programs to improve criminal justice, employment, education, health, and housing outcomes for released prisoners. Sixty-nine agencies received federal funds ($500 thousand to $2 million over 3 years) to develop 89 programs.
The initiative responded to emerging research findings that suggested that providing individuals with comprehensive, coordinated services based on needs and risk assessments can result in improved post-release outcomes. Grantees were to use their SVORI funding to create a three-phase continuum of services for returning serious or violent prisoners that began during the period of incarceration, intensified just before release and during the early months post-release, and continued for several years after release as former inmates took on more productive and independent roles in the community.