Prisoner reentry experiences of adult females: Characteristics, service receipt, and outcomes of participants in the SVORI Multi-Site Evaluation
The Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI) funded agencies in 2003 to develop programs to improve criminal justice, employment, education, health, and housing outcomes for released prisoners. Sixty-nine agencies received federal funds ($500,000 to $2,000,000 over 3 years) to develop 89 programs. Across the grantees, programming was provided to adult males, adult females, and juveniles.
The SVORI Multi-site Evaluation was funded by the National Institute of Justice in the spring of 2003; it included an implementation assessment (to document the programming delivered across the SVORI programs) and an impact evaluation (to determine the effectiveness of programming). Sixteen programs were included in the impact evaluation, comprising 12 adult programs and 4 juvenile programs located in 14 states (adult programs only unless otherwise stated): Colorado (juveniles only), Florida (juveniles only), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (adults and juveniles), Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina (adults and juveniles), and Washington. The impact evaluation included pre-release interviews (conducted approximately 30 days before release from prison) and a series of follow-up interviews (conducted at 3, 9, and 15 months post-release). Nearly 2,400 prisoners returning to society—some of whom received SVORI programming and some of whom received “treatment as usual” in their respective states—were included in the impact evaluation.