Evaluates the Newark Re-entry initiative, a program based on a specific model that utilizes faith-based and community organizations to reduce recidivism.
The final report from the evaluation of the Evaluation of the Newark Prisoner Re-entry Initiative Replication, an Employment and Training Agency funded initiative that sought to replicate a specific program model for reducing recidivism and assist individuals in finding work. “The model called for an array of services, including intensive case management, workforce preparation and employment services, mentoring, and supportive services, all to be delivered through faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) rather than public agencies. The model was the same as that used in the earlier Prisoner Re-entry Initiative (PRI) (later renamed the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders or RExO), which entailed multiple rounds of grants in localities across the U.S. The Newark Prisoner Re-entry Initiative Replication (NPRIR), however, was designed to test the use of the model with multiple organizations in a single city (rather than just one organization in a single site) and thus to bring the PRI approach to a much larger scale” (p. ES-1). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff).

Major Findings & Recommendations

The participant outcomes were “analyzed to determine how well NPRIR participants performed in obtaining employment and avoiding recidivism” including (p. VII-1): • Data revealed that for “employment following program participation, 73 percent of participants were employed in their first quarter after program exit, exceeding the program’s performance benchmark of placing 60 percent” (p. VII-1). • “Data from the PRI MIS combined with data from several criminal justice agencies indicate that the recidivism rate of NPRIR participants was 29 percent, exceeding the 22 percent recidivism rate cap the city set as its performance benchmark” (p. VII-1). Some of the program outcome achievements include: • “Despite a slow start, the NPRIR program was able to achieve its enrollment goals” (p. VII-3). • “Overall, staff members and participants indicated that intensive case management was the cornerstone of the NPRIR programs” (p. VII-3). • “Job development was successful by the end of the grant despite the context of a challenging labor market” (p. VII-3). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff).