This research brief presents findings from the Returning Home study in Cleveland, Ohio. The first phase of the Urban Institute's Ohio study analyzed where former Ohio prisoners settle after release and found that many returned to a handful of hard-pressed Cleveland neighborhoods. The second phase focused on prisoners' expectations for life after prison and found that most were confident they would succeed. The third phase--"Cleveland Prisoners' Experiences Returning Home"--followed 424 men who returned to Cleveland in the first three months after their release, examining factors that may help or hinder successful reintegration, including employment, substance use, attitudes and beliefs, health status, criminal histories, and family and community contexts.
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