An Evaluation of Seven Second Chance Act Adult Demonstration Programs: Impact Findings at 18 Months
Date:  10-05-2017

Being assigned to a program group did not reduce involvement with the criminal justice system in the 18 months after random assignment
From National Institute of Justice:

This report describes the impact of programs to reduce recidivism by addressing the challenges faced by adults returning to their communities after incarceration.

The evaluation, which used a randomized controlled trial to assess several inaugural programs, found that being assigned to the programs did not reduce involvement with the criminal justice system in the following 18 months. Those in the program group were somewhat more likely to have probation or parole revoked and to have new convictions. In addition, being assigned to the program group did not significantly improve employment outcomes and had no effect on other outcomes, including the adequacy of housing, health status or the ability to meet child-support obligations.

OJP has used the findings of the assessment to improve programs and address gaps identified.

Read the full report here.