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.
Returning to the community can be a complex transition for former offenders, who may struggle with lack of education and job skills, limited housing and family support options, and substance abuse and mental health issues. We study the challenges of prisoner reentry and initiatives to help individuals, families, and communities successfully reintegrate into society, break the cycle of incarceration, and become productive, law-abiding citizens.
Colorado Department of Corrections Reentry Systems Mapping
The Faith-Based Beneficiary Choice Program: A Path to Employment for Young Ex-Offenders
This study evaluated the Beneficiary Choice Contracting Program, a demonstration to help young, recently released ex-offenders get employed and stay free of crime with the help of faith-based and community organizations providing individualized support.