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Program Summary: This classroom-based intervention is geared toward the development of social–emotional competence among youth using “mindful attention” training which refers to bringing one’s complete attention to the present experience. This program is rated Promising. Results suggest that pre- and early adolescent participants showed significant increases in social–emotional competence, empathy, and perspective-taking; and decreases in aggressive and oppositional behaviors, fight starting, and rule breaking.
San Juan County (N.M.) DWI First Offenders Program–Victim Impact Panels
Program Summary: The program is a component of the San Juan County (N.M.) DWI First Offenders Program, which was designed to reduce driving while intoxicated (DWI) recidivism, alcohol consumption, and drinking and driving behavior by exposing offenders to testimonials from victims of drunk-driving accidents. The program is rated No Effects. No significant differences were found between VIP and no-VIP program participants on DWI recidivism over 2 years, and on various measures of drinking.
Postsecondary Correctional Education (New Mexico)
Program Summary: The program provides postsecondary educational classes and programs to prisoners via one-way Internet courses or onsite vocational instruction. The goal of the program is to reduce arrests following release from prison. The program is rated Promising. This program was shown to significantly reduce arrests within the 1-year follow-up period.
Lifestyle Change Program
Program Summary: This is a psychological intervention for incarcerated males, which addresses the lifestyle concepts around crime, drug use, and gambling. The main objective of the program is to reduce recidivism through introducing program participants to lifestyle changes centering on the identification of conditions, choices, and cognition of crimes. The program is rated Promising. The program participants were significantly less likely to be rearrested and reincarcerated during the follow up.
Green Dot Intervention Program
Program Summary: This program is designed to increase self-reported, active-bystander behaviors and reduce dating and sexual violence on college campuses. College students are trained to assess situations, identify potential risks for violence, and safely intervene. The program is rated Promising. The findings showed that students receiving components of the Green Dot program had significantly more observed and self-reported active-bystander behaviors than students who received no intervention.
Program Summary: This is a prisoner-reentry employment program designed to reduce recidivism by helping participants find and retain employment after release from prison. It provides participants with employment assistance during the last several months of confinement through the first year following their release from prison. The program is rated Promising. Results suggested that participants in the program reported significantly lower rates of recidivism and higher rates of employment post-release.
Primary Care–Based Complex Care Management (San Francisco, Calif.)
Program Summary: This program is designed to provide a lower cost alternative to emergency medical treatment for chronically ill individuals who have been recently released from prison. The program is rated No Effects. Treatment group participants had significantly lower rates of emergency room use, compared with the control group. However, there was no significant impact on recidivism and primary care utilization.
Transitional Jobs Reentry Demonstration (TJRD)
Program Summary: The program is designed to improve behavioral and performance job skills, provide services and support, and help find job placements for participants leaving prison. The program is rated No Effects. The results showed that participation in transitional job services led to increased employment early in the follow-up period, but as participants went from transitional jobs to regular jobs, the employment increase faded. There was no significant impact on recidivism over the 2-year follow up.
Ready, Willing, and Able (RWA)
Program Summary: This is a transitional employment program that gives those who are newly released from prison the opportunity to work and find housing. RWA seeks to provide clients with work and foundational skills so that they can obtain a job, secure housing, and become financially independent. The program is rated No Effects. RWA had no significant impact on arrests, convictions, and prison sentences after 3 years; however, it did have a significant impact on jail sentences after 3 years.
Tulsa (OK) Family Drug Court
Program Summary: This is a treatment court dedicated to cases of child abuse and neglect, in which parental substance abuse is one of the primary reasons for child welfare involvement. The program provides parenting training in conjunction with substance abuse treatment to improve family relationships and increase the likelihood of reunification. The program is rated Effective. Families who received services through the Family Drug Court were more likely to reunify than comparison families.
Dr. Gerstenblith also addresses the lack of strong evaluations of school safety programs that schools are implementing and invested in; and the opportunity that presents for the research community.
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