Mathematica evaluated the progress of recipients of 30 U.S. Department of Labor grants for the Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative. The grants were awarded to faith- and community-based organizations across the country.
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.
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.