This study looks at whether focused activities and increased coordination between the public workforce system and local correctional facilities prior to release may substantially improve employment outcomes for former inmates.
The long-term impact of a criminal record can keep many people from getting a job, a place to live, and a stable lifestyle. Without supports, many relapse into criminal behavior. We study programs and approaches to prevent rearrest, reconviction, and return to prison after release and help people change their behavior to re-enter society successfully. These initiatives aim to reduce recidivism as well as high correctional costs through improvements in health, family relationships, job skills, education, finances, and other key factors.
Connecting Inmates to Public Workforce Services Prior to Release: The Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release Grants
Colorado Department of Corrections Reentry Systems Mapping
The Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab (“Colorado Lab”) partners with the Office of Colorado’s Governor and works with state agencies to improve the lives of Colorado’s residents.