2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Examining Reentry: An Evidence-Based Analysis of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative
Matthew J. Carbery
Dr. Cutis Blakely, Faculty Mentor

Despite spending upwards of $68 billion per year on correctional budgets, the nations recidivism rate continuously hovers around 60 percent. Of the approximately 2.3 million adults held in our nations jails and prisons, over 650,000 men and women return to communities every year only to have 60 percent be reincarcerated within two years. This paper seeks to identify the most important needs of prisoners reentering society and analyze programs that have been established to meet those needs in order to reduce recidivism. Specifically, this paper assess the outcomes of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative on a variety of factors, including family, housing and community outcomes, substance abuse, employment, and criminal behavior. The conclusions drawn from analyzing the successes and failures of the participants in this Initiatives programs suggest that in-prison rehabilitative efforts provide beneficial outcomes for the offender, the correctional institution, and society at large.

Keywords: prisoner, reentry, recidivism, inmate, prison, crime, rehabilitation, SVORI

Topic(s):Justice Systems
Political Science
Sociology/Anthropology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 42-3
Location: MG 2090
Time: 1:45

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