Safer Return Demonstration: Impact Findings from the Research-Based Community Reentry Initiative

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Safer Return Demonstration: Impact Findings from the Research-Based Community Reentry Initiative

Abstract

The Safer Return demonstration, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, intended to promote successful reentry by addressing key individual needs, introducing system reforms, and improving local conditions in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhood. To understand whether the demonstration met its intended goals, Urban designed a quasi-experimental impact evaluation that included: multiple waves of survey data from community residents, former prisoners, and their family members; program and cost data from Safer Return service providers; and administrative corrections and employment records. Safer Return participation was associated with significant reductions in returns to prison (chiefly due to technical violation reductions) and significant increases in employment/wages.

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