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Evaluation of the California Preventing Parolee Crime Program

NCJ Number
Sheldon Zhang Ph.D.; Robert E.L. Roberts Ph.D.; Valerie Callanan Ph.D.
Date Published
December 2003
80 pages
This document contains the final report of an evaluation of California's Preventing Parolee Crime Program.
Highlights from the evaluation of California's Preventing Parolee Crime Program (PPCP) include: the parole outcomes of 28,262 PPCP participants were observed for from 1 to 3 years following parole and it was found that almost 47 percent returned to prison within 1 year, compared to almost 55 percent of the non-PPCP population; 40 percent of participants completed the program, and of these, almost 34 percent were reincarcerated, a rate lower than the comparison population; and participants who met program treatment goals had a lower risk of reincarceration, and those who stayed in the program longer generally recidivated at a lower rate than those parolees with shorter involvement times. This study evaluated the effectiveness of California's Preventing Parolee Crime Program. The PPCP is operated by the California Department of Corrections and provides services to parolees in order to reduce their rate of recidivism and assist in their successful reentry into the community. The services provided by the program include residential multiservice centers, literacy labs, substance abuse education, drug treatment networks, and employment readiness and job placement assistance. The findings from the evaluation indicate that overall, PPCP clients were able to significantly reduce their risk of reincarceration in both the first and second year of participation in the program, and that the program provided a significant reduction in costs to the criminal justice system. Recommendations for continuation of the program are discussed. Tables, references, and appendixes