Provides an interim evaluation of an employment program for ex-offenders in New York City that provides transitional jobs that can lead to permanent employment and additional supports.

“…Presents interim results from a rigorous evaluation of the New York City-based Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), a highly regarded employment program for ex-prisoners. CEO participants are placed in paid transitional jobs shortly after enrollment; they are supervised by CEO staff and receive a range of supports. Once they show good performance in the transitional job, participants get help finding a permanent job and additional support after placement.

The impacts of CEO’s program are being assessed using a rigorous research design. In 2004-2005, a total of 977 ex-prisoners who reported to CEO were assigned, at random, to a program group that was eligible for all of CEO’s services or to a control group that received basic job search assistance. So far, the two groups have been followed for two years after study entry” (p. iii). The evaluation includes a description of the implementation of the CEO program and the various impacts the program has on participation and service receipt, employment and earnings, and recidivism. (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

 Full publication title: Transitional Jobs for Ex-Prisoners: Implementation, Two-Year Impacts, and Costs of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) Prisoner Reentry Program