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Reentry Programs for Adult Male Offender Recidivism and Reintegration: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

NCJ Number
International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology Volume: 62 Issue: 14 Dated: 2018 Pages: 4655-4676
Maria Berghuis
Date Published
22 pages

This document presents the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis, which had the main objective of examining the evidence regarding the effects on recidivism, and some elements of reintegration, of reentry programs which are geared toward adult, male offenders.


The aim of this review is to assess the effectiveness of reentry programs designed to reduce recidivism and ensure successful reintegration among adult, male offenders. Studies were included if they (a) evaluated a reentry program incorporating elements dealing with the transition from prison to community for adult, male offenders; (b) utilized a randomized controlled design; and (c) measured recidivism as a primary outcome. In addition, secondary outcomes measures of reintegration were also included. The systematic search of 8,179 titles revealed nine randomized controlled evaluations that fulfilled eligibility criteria. The random-effects meta-analysis for rearrest revealed a statistically nonsignificant effect favoring the intervention (odds ratio [OR] = 0.89, 95 percent confidence interval [CI] [0.74, 1.07]). Similar results were found for reconviction (OR = 0.94, 95 percent CI [0.77, 1.12]) and reincarceration (OR = 0.90, 95 percent CI [0.78, 1.05]). Studies reported mixed results of secondary outcomes of reintegration. The results of this review reflect the variability of findings on reducing recidivism. The challenges faced in conducting this review highlight a need for further research and theory development around reentry programs. Publisher Abstract Provided