Voices of Experience

Research Report

Voices of Experience

Focus Group Findings from the State of Rhode Island


This report describes findings from seven focus groups conducted by the Urban Institute with Rhode Island service providers and current and released prisoners across a variety of subject areas related to prisoner reentry. The focus groups were commissioned as part of Rhode Island's participation in the National Governors Association's Prisoner Reentry State Policy Academy. The overriding themes that emerged from the focus groups included a lack of coordination between the department of corrections and state and local service providers; the belief that prisoners are not adequately prepared for reentry prior to their release, and a general consensus that the demand for community services to assist released prisoners far exceeds the supply.
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