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Reentry/Release Programs at a Glance
Total Number of Programs: 101

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Reentry/Release Practice Outcomes at a Glance
Total Number of Practices: 14

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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.

Corrections & Reentry


Reentry programs aim to reduce offender recidivism and successfully reintegrate an offender back into the community. Reentry efforts often begin in prison and transition into the community once a prisoner is released. Typically, reentry services include case management and assistance with housing, education, employment, healthcare, and substance abuse. 



OJP Publications

Evaluating Reentry Programs Using Data and Science, NIJ, August 2019
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Stakeholder Statements Submitted in Response to NIJs First Step Act Listening Sessions, NIJ, July 2019

First Step Act: Best Practices for Academic and Vocational Education for Offenders, NIJ, June 2019

Evaluating the Effects of Realignment Practices on Recidivism Outcomes, NIJ-Sponsored, 2018

Rehabilitation Programs for Adult Offenders: A Meta-Analysis in Support of Guidelines for Effective Practice, NIJ-Sponsored, December 2018

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Questions and Answers

Are programs available to help formerly incarcerated individuals find jobs?
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Is information available about programs that can help individuals find employment upon release from incarceration?
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