“The Reintegration of Ex-Offenders (RExO) project began in 2005 as a joint initiative of the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and several other federal agencies. RExO aimed to capitalize on the strengths of faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) and their ability to serve prisoners seeking to re-enter their communities…In June 2009, ETA contracted with Social Policy Research Associates (SPR) and its subcontractors MDRC and NORC at the University of Chicago to conduct an impact evaluation of 24 RExO grantees. The results of the impact study are to be reported twice, first based on data from two years of study then again after three years of data collection. This is the first of those two reports” (p.I-1).
“The programs funded under RExO primarily provided three main types of services: mentoring…employment services…transitional employment…and case management and supportive services.
This report summarizes the impacts of the RExO program on offender outcomes in four areas: service receipt, labor market success, recidivism, and other outcomes. Using a random assignment…design…A total of 4,655 participants enrolled in the study, with approximately 60 percent (N=2,804) of those being assigned to the program group and 40 percent (N=1,851) assigned to the control group” (p.ES1).
“The results in this report are based on outcomes for these individuals in the two-year period after they enrolled into the study, and draws upon two sources of data to measure outcomes. The first of these was a telephone survey that asked about a range of items, including service receipt, labor market outcomes, recidivism, health and mental health, substance abuse, housing, and child support…The overall response rate to this survey was 76.9 percent. The second set of data used in this report was administrative data on criminal justice outcomes obtained from each of the 18 the states in which RExO grantees operated” (p.ES2).
A final report follows in 2015, which the authors note “will focus on impacts in the three-year period following RA…[and] administrative data on employment and earnings” (ES-4).(Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)