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Life Skills Programs at a Glance
Total Number of Programs: 17

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Life Skills Practice Outcomes at a Glance
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Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) / Randomized Field Experiment

Refers to an experimental research design in which participants are randomly assigned to a treatment or a control group. Most social scientists consider random assignment to lead to the highest level of confidence that observed effects are the result of the program and not other variables.

Inmate Programs & Treatment

Life Skills

Life skills programs are designed to improve inmates’ post-release outcomes through the provision of life skills coursework and training.  Such programs  generally cover a variety of topics, including communication, anger management, goal setting, career exploration, job skills, time management, parenting and family skills, substance abuse and recovery, and budgeting and finance. 



OJP Publications

BJA Strategies to Support Tribal Reentry, BJA-Sponsored, April 2014

Building an Offender Reentry Program: A Guide for Law Enforcement, BJA, 2007
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But They All Come Back: Rethinking Prisoner Reentry, Research in Brief, NIJ, May 2000
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Delaware Department of Correction Life Skills Program, NIJ, 1998
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Decision Making in Sexual Assault Cases: Replication Research on Sexual Violence Case Attrition in the U.S., NIJ-Sponsored, 2019

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