Overview of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative. The Multi-site Evaluation of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative
The Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI) is a comprehensive collaborative effort that focuses on serious and violent juvenile and adult offenders. This unprecedented national response is intended to help states better use their correctional resources to reduce recidivism. Developed in 2003, SVORI is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, in conjunction with other Federal partners (primarily the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Labor).
SVORI funding supports the creation of a three-phase continuum of services (shown in Exhibit 1) that begins in prison, moves to a structured reentry phase before and during the early months of release, and continues for several years as released prisoners take on increasingly productive roles in the community. A fully implemented SVORI program incorporates assessment, services, and programming for offenders while incarcerated, under supervision in the community, and once released from supervision. The individual SVORI programs share the common goals of improving employment, education, health, housing, and criminal justice outcomes. Each program, however, is unique in the approach taken and array of services implemented to address these common goals.