Presents the final results of the evaluation of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), a comprehensive employment program for former prisoners.

"This report presents the final results of the evaluation of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)… Based in New York City, CEO is a comprehensive employment program for former prisoners — a population confronting many obstacles to finding and maintaining work... The three-year evaluation found that CEO substantially increased employment early in the follow-up period but that the effects faded over time... CEO significantly reduced recidivism, with the most promising impacts occurring among a subgroup of former prisoners who enrolled shortly after release from prison (the group that the program was designed to serve). Among the subgroup that enrolled within three months after release, program group members were less likely than their control group counterparts to be arrested, convicted of a new crime, and reincarcerated" (Overview). (Abstractor: Author)

Full publication title: More Than a Job: Final Results From the Evaluation of The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) Transitional Jobs Program


Major Findings & Recommendations

"The three-year evaluation found that CEO substantially increased employment early in the follow-up period but that the effects faded over time... CEO significantly reduced recidivism, with the most promising impacts occurring among a sub-group of former prisoners who enrolled shortly after release from prison (the group that the program was designed to serve). Among the subgroup that enrolled within three months after release, program group members were less likely than their control group counterparts to be arrested, convicted of a new crime, and reincarcerated. The program’s impacts on these outcomes represent reductions in recidivism of 16 percent to 22 percent. In general, CEO’s impacts were stronger for those who were more disadvantaged or at higher risk of recidivism when they enrolled in the study" (p.v). (Abstractor: Author)