Prisoner reentry programming: Who recidivates and when?

Margaret E. Severson, Kimberly Bruns, Christopher Veeh, Jaehoon Lee

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This article provides the results of a multi-year evaluation of one state's prison reentry program and its impact on the success of offender participants as measured by certain recidivism outcomes, defined here as yielding a positive urinalysis, returning to prison, and having a new conviction. Using propensity score matching, the recidivism outcomes of an equivalent comparison group are also presented. A discussion of the plausible reasons why reentry program participants returned to prison earlier and in greater numbers is provided, and recommendations for additional evaluation strategies are proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-348
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Offender Rehabilitation
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 2011


  • Offenders
  • Program evaluation
  • Recidivism
  • Reentry


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