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Evaluation of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative

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This Web page presents the results of an evaluation of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative.
This Web page on the National Institute of Justice Web site presents the results of a multi-year evaluation of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI). The evaluation had several purposes: to determine the extent to which participation in SVORI programs improved access to reentry services and programs, and to determine whether the improved access resulted in improved outcomes in the areas of housing, education, employment, and criminal behavior. The evaluation found that SVORI increased access to reentry services and programs for offenders with participants more likely to have reentry plans upon release; however, provision of reentry services decreased significantly after offenders were released from incarceration. In addition, the evaluation found that compared to non-SVORI participants, program participants did not have improved outcomes with respect to housing, education, employment, and recidivism rates. This Web page also includes information on the challenges faced by returning offenders and funding for on-going follow-up research on which SVORI programs and services improved reentry outcomes. A list of detailed reports and the dataset from the multiyear SVORI evaluation is included at the end of the Web page, with links to the reports.