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Reentry experiences of confined juvenile offenders: Characteristics, service receipt, and outcomes of juvenile male participants in the SVORI Multi-site Evaluation. The Multi-site Evaluation of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative

Citation

Hawkins, S. R., Lattimore, P., Dawes, D., & Visher, C. A. (2009). Reentry experiences of confined juvenile offenders: Characteristics, service receipt, and outcomes of juvenile male participants in the SVORI Multi-site Evaluation. The Multi-site Evaluation of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative. (Project is supported by Grant Number 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 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.

The SVORI Multi-site Evaluation was funded by the National Institute of Justice in the spring of 2003 and included prerelease and follow-up interviews with nearly 2,400 returning prisoners. Sixteen programs were included in an impact evaluation (to determine the effectiveness of programming), comprising 12 adult programs and 4 juvenile programs located in 14 states: 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.

This report presents findings from the pre-release and postrelease interviews conducted with juveniles in four impact sites. The sample includes 152 juvenile males who were enrolled in SVORI programs and 185 comparison juvenile males who did not receive SVORI programming. The data presented in this report describe characteristics of the respondents, as well as their experiences preconfinement, during confinement, and post-confinement. Differences between SVORI and non-SVORI respondents are presented for three purposes: to assess prerelease comparability between groups, to assess whether SVORI participation increased access to programs and services, and to assess the impact of SVORI participation on a wide range of post-release outcomes.