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Cross-Agency Coordination of Offender Reentry: Testing Collaboration Outcomes

NCJ Number
Journal of Criminal Justice Volume: 38 Issue: 2 Dated: March/April 2010 Pages: 118-129
Brenda J. Bond; Jody Hoffer Gittell
Date Published
March 2010
12 pages
This study examined cross-agency collaboration outcomes as it relates to offender reentry.
Successful offender reentry is arguable one of the most challenging contemporary issues, with policymakers calling for more effective coordination between criminal justice and social service agencies. Evidence linking cross-agency coordination to reentry outcomes is limited and underdeveloped. The theory of relational coordination was used to develop hypotheses regarding the impact of cross-agency coordination on reentry outcomes in "reentry hot spots" and to test those hypotheses. Results pointed to some differences in cross-agency coordination between cities that were part of reentry policy efforts and those that were not. Results also revealed that relationships between criminal justice agencies were relatively strong, while their relationships with employment providers were comparatively weaker, but the impacts of these relationships on reentry outcomes were limited at best. Findings support using relational coordination to understand reentry collaboration, to identify strengths and weaknesses of collaborative ties, and to measure their impact on reentry outcomes. Figure, tables, notes, and references (Published Abstract)