Funded by the MacArthur Foundation and offered to the reentry population in the East and West Garfield Park neighborhoods of Chicago from 2008 to 2013, the Safer Returns Demonstration “was intended to address the key reentry needs and challenges faced by formerly incarcerated individuals and their families, to introduce system reforms, and to improve local conditions that presented barriers to reentry success” (p.1).
“To understand whether the Safer Return demonstration met its intended goals, Urban [Institute] researchers designed a quasi-experimental outcome and impact evaluation. [The researchers] selected a comparison community, West Englewood, and collected multiple waves of survey data from community residents, former prisoners, and their family members in both communities. [The researchers] also examined program and cost data from the agencies providing services to Safer Return participants. In addition, [they] analyzed administrative records from the Illinois Department of Corrections and the Illinois Department of Employment Security to examine two-year reincarceration and employment outcomes for Safer Return participants and nonparticipant comparison groups in Garfield Park and West Englewood” (p.vii).
“This research report—the second of two final reports from the Urban Institute’s evaluation of the Safer Return demonstration—describes the findings of an outcome, impact, and cost evaluation based on a quasi-experimental design” (p.1).(Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)