Sustaining adult reentry programming after SVORI. The Multi-site Evaluation of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative
Beginning in the mid-1990s, policy makers began to focus on how to improve the reentry process so that fewer offenders return to prison. One of the first federal programs offered to support reentry innovation in the states—the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI)—was designed not to be a new program, but rather to allow states to fill gaps in existing efforts and create linkages to services and programming. The recipients of SVORI grants were to develop a locally responsive initiative that included assessments, case management, and enhancements to both in-prison and post-release services; however, the specific attributes of the SVORI initiative were left to the grantees. Thus, SVORI is best understood as a funding stream to support reentry programming rather than as an intervention of a specific program model.