Title

Profile of Two Second Chance Act Offender Treatment Initiatives: A Research Note

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2017

Abstract

Federal funding efforts have increased the number of reentry programs over the past decade with corresponding evaluations of these initiatives. Reentry programming targets a wide range of offenders though most have focused on medium and high-risk individuals with substance abuse and/or mental health disorders. This research note provides a profile overview of two programs in central Ohio funded by the Second Chance Act and offers a summary of process and outcome evaluation findings from both initiatives. Results from a mixed methods research design suggested that the programs were largely successful in terms of reducing recidivism among participants, though issues related to programmatic fidelity were also identified. While these programs pre-date more current offender intervention efforts, such as the Justice Mental Health Collaboration Program, identified barriers to program success reaffirm the saliency of longstanding problems embedded in and challenged by correctional and police culture.

Publication Title

American Journal of Criminal Justice

Volume

42

Issue

4

First Page

759

Last Page

767

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1007/s12103-017-9405-7

ISSN

10662316

E-ISSN

19361351

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