Reentry

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UPNEXT: A Model for Increasing Financial and Emotional Support

UPNEXT: A Model for Increasing Financial and Emotional Support

By Bo Twiggs

This monograph describes UPNEXT, a job training and family engagement program based out of the Midtown Community Court that serves unemployed men and non-custodial fathers. 

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Responding to Homelessness: 11 Ideas for Justice Systems

Responding to Homelessness: 11 Ideas for Justice Systems

By Raphael Pope-Sussman

This fact sheet explores strategies that jurisdictions around the United States are using to deal with the issue of homelessness. Whether led by law enforcement, prosecutors, public defenders, or the courts, these approaches seek to address underlying causes and provide the practical support homeless offenders need to stabilize their lives. For each strategy described in this fact sheet, we have also included a case study. 

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Fact Sheet: Coming Home to Harlem: A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Harlem Parole Reentry Court

Fact Sheet: Coming Home to Harlem: A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Harlem Parole Reentry Court

This fact sheet presents the key findings of Coming Home to Harlem: A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Harlem Parole Reentry Court, a report that examines the impact of the Harlem Parole Reentry Court on the lives of parolees returning to Harlem after incarceration.

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Coming Home to Harlem: A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Harlem Parole Reentry Court

Coming Home to Harlem: A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Harlem Parole Reentry Court

By Lama Hassoun Ayoub and Tia Pooler

This study of the Harlem Parole Reentry Court compares participants in a neighborhood-based reentry program to similar parolees on traditional parole. Results indicate that the reentry court, which implemented a validated and reliable tool for assessing the risks and needs of individuals returning from prison, produced a 22% reduction in the reconviction rate and a 60% reduction in the felony reconviction rate over an 18-month follow-up period. The reentry court also produced a 45% reduction in revocations. Interview findings indicate that reentry court parolees were significantly more likely to be in school or employed and to have positive perceptions of their parole officer.

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Reentry Courts

Reentry Courts

By Christine H. Lindquist, Bryn Herrschaft and Pamela K. Lattimore

Reentry courts are specialized courts that assist with the reintegration of formerly incarcerated persons after their release in the community. This article, co-authored by Center for Court Innovation and RTI International researchers and published in the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Eds. Gerben Bruinsma and David Weisburd, 2014, pp. 4351-4360), provides an accessible overview of the reentry court model and relevant research. Click here for an article summary and how to order.

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The National Institute of Justice’s Evaluation of Second Chance Act Adult Reentry Courts: Staff and Client Perspectives on Reentry Courts from Year 2

The National Institute of Justice’s Evaluation of Second Chance Act Adult Reentry Courts: Staff and Client Perspectives on Reentry Courts from Year 2

By Christine H. Lindquist, Lama Hassoun Ayoub, Debbie Dawes, Paige M. Harrison, Anna M. Malsch, Jennifer Hardison Walters, Michael Rempel and Shannon M. Carey

This report provides process evaluation findings from eight reentry courts. The report concluded that organizational partnerships were critical to the success of the reentry courts and identified several common implementation challenges. The report also includes qualitative data from interviews and focus groups highlighting that although certain areas could be improved (e.g. employment and housing), most reentry court participants had positive impressions of the program.

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Evidence-Based Strategies for Working with Offenders

Evidence-Based Strategies for Working with Offenders

By Michael Rempel

This fact sheet distills a growing body of research about evidence-based strategies in five areas for reducing recidivism among criminal offenders: assessment, treatment, deterrence, procedural justice, and collaboration.

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The National Institute of Justice’s Evaluation of Second Chance Act Adult Reentry Courts: Program Characteristics and Preliminary Themes from Year 1

The National Institute of Justice’s Evaluation of Second Chance Act Adult Reentry Courts: Program Characteristics and Preliminary Themes from Year 1

By Christine H. Lindquist, Jennifer Hardison Walters, Michael Rempel and Shannon M. Carey

This report provides a process evaluation of eight specialized reentry courts participating in a multi-year, multi-site study. Among the major findings, the eight sites all use an evidence-based risk/need assessment tool and target moderate- and/or high-risk offenders.

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Reentry Court Tool Kit

Reentry Court Tool Kit

By Christopher Watler and Debbie Boar

The Reentry Court Tool Kit is designed to provide guidance to justice planners in developing or enhancing a reentry court through the use of evidence-based and research-informed practices. The tool kit is organized around topics, such as "Screening and Assessment" and "Engaging Family Members," that planners and practitioners often confront in their work.

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Deterrence and Legitimacy in Brownsville, Brooklyn: A Process Evaluation of the Brownsville Anti-Violence Project

Deterrence and Legitimacy in Brownsville, Brooklyn: A Process Evaluation of the Brownsville Anti-Violence Project

By Sarah Picard-Fritsche, Rachel Swaner and Suvi Hynynen

This report documents a gun violence prevention program and finds high levels of cynicism regarding the fairness and effectiveness of the justice system among residents of the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn.

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From the Ground Up: Promising criminal justice projects in the U.S. and the U.K.

From the Ground Up: Promising criminal justice projects in the U.S. and the U.K.

By Aubrey Fox and Gavin Lockhart

This paper--a joint project of Policy Exchange and the Centre for Justice Innovation--summarizes the experiences of 10 innovative criminal justice projects across the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Recidivism Among Parolees in New York City, 2001-2008

Recidivism Among Parolees in New York City, 2001-2008

By Bryn Herrschaft

This report provides a profile of parolees released from upstate prisons to New York City between 2001 and 2008. Findings include a three-year re-arrest rate of 53% and a three-year return to prison rate of 29%. As context, the Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that nationwide, approximately one-third of formerly incarcerated persons on community supervision are returned to prison.

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Adapting to Bad News: Lessons from the Harlem Parole Reentry Court

Adapting to Bad News: Lessons from the Harlem Parole Reentry Court

By Zachary Hamilton

This paper provides results from an impact evaluation of the Harlem Parole Reentry Court. Although the court reduced re-convictions, increased parole revocations were also detected, suggesting that the increased reentry court supervision may have unintended negative consequences. Possible policy implications are discussed, including the need for improved staff training and for greater reliance on graduated sanctions in lieu of revocation. Published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Volume 50: 7 (2011).

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Reentry Courts: Looking Ahead: A Conversation about Strategies for Offender Reintegration

Reentry Courts: Looking Ahead: A Conversation about Strategies for Offender Reintegration

By Robert V. Wolf

This report summarizes a discussion of reentry courts among policymakers, court practitioners, and parole and probation administrators. The conversation, which was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance in June 2010, focuses on reentry courts’ achievements, challenges, and future prospects.

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Do Reentry Courts Reduce Recidivism?

Do Reentry Courts Reduce Recidivism?

By Zachary Hamilton

This report documents the results of the first-ever rigorous test of a specialized reentry court. Among the findings, reentry court parolees (including both graduates and failures) were less likely to be rearrested or reconvicted than a comparison group of parolees.

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