Colorado Department of Corrections Reentry Systems Mapping Project: Policy Landscape Summary

Publisher: Denver, CO: Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab at the University of Denver
Oct 22, 2018
Authors
Julie Worthington Hartnack, Marykate Zukiewicz, and Rayna Thornton

Among the key findings:

  • Colorado’s expansion of reentry services initiated new connections between prison, parole, and the community that build the foundation for a more integrated system.
  • Targeting reentry series to the people who need them most is challenging but key to having efficient and effective services
  • Modernizing and connecting data systems that evolved from different contexts for different purposes is a strategic priority for improving service delivery.

Following implementation of reforms passed by the Colorado General Assembly in 2014, the Colorado Department of Corrections, in partnering with the Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab and Mathematica Policy Research, has conducted a study to examine current implementation of state-level reentry services.

The research team is currently in the process of examining multiple sources of internal data to learn how the “high-risk, high-needs population” is identified and targeted for services in different settings within DOC. This second phase of work will support the identification of priority focus in terms of systems alignment for the incoming DOC leadership.