Items tagged with "Recidivism"


publications  |   Entrepreneurship for the Formerly Incarcerated: A Process Evaluation of the Pathway to Enterprise for Returning Citizens (PERC) Program

Published: June 5, 2019
Formerly incarcerated individuals may be unable to secure stable employment and struggle to acquire income; however, starting their own business may offer an alternative to the traditional job market. Researchers evaluated the Pathway to Enterprise for Returning Citizen (PERC) program which offered training and opportunities to start a business to those returning to Cook County from Illinois prisons. Researchers examined delivery of PERC’s entrepreneurship training; views of program participants and training staff about the program; program completion; and knowledge gains through analysis of data from focus groups, surveys, interviews, and administrative records. Feedback from staff and participants was mostly positive and the program increased entrepreneurship knowledge. However, program engagement with returning citizens was a challenge—22 percent attended week one of class (of 72 accepted and assigned to PERC) and 12 completed PERC training.



articles  |   Entrepreneurship for the Formerly Incarcerated: A Process Evaluation of the Pathway to Enterprise for Returning Citizens (PERC) Program

Published: May 28, 2019
Formerly incarcerated individuals may be unable to secure stable employment and struggle to acquire income; however, opening a small business may offer this population an alternative to the traditional job market. Researchers evaluated the Pathway to Enterprise for Returning Citizens (PERC) program, which offered training in entrepreneurship and other resources to those returning from Illinois prisons to Cook County. Researchers examined delivery of PERC’s entrepreneurship training, experiences of program participants and training staff, program completion among participants, and knowledge gains with information from focus groups, surveys, interviews, and administrative records. Feedback from staff and participants was mostly positive and the program increased entrepreneurship knowledge. However, engaging the 72 returning citizens in the program was a challenge—of all eligible participants, 16 attended the first week of training (22 percent) and only 12 graduated the program (17 percent).



articles  |   Examining the Recidivism of Firearm Offenders Using State Criminal History and Mortality Data

Published: July 31, 2018
In this study, researchers compared recidivism rates of individuals initially arrested for gun charges with individuals arrested for other offenses. The researchers also used state criminal history records, state prison records, and death certificates to follow individuals for 10 years after their first firearm arrest. Findings offer relevant insights into first-time, firearm-involved arrestees, their recidivism patterns, and mortality rates, and inform policy and practice on the issue of guns and violence.



publications  |   Examining the Recidivism of Firearm Offenders Using State Criminal History and Mortality Data

Published: July 31, 2018
In this study, researchers compared recidivism rates of individuals initially arrested for gun charges with individuals arrested for other offenses. The researchers also used state criminal history records, state prison records, and death certificates to follow individuals for 10 years after their first firearm arrest. Findings offer relevant insights into first-time, firearm-involved arrestees, their recidivism patterns, and mortality rates, and inform policy and practice on the issue of guns and violence.



articles  |   Housing and Services After Prison: Evaluation of the St. Leonard’s House Reentry Program

Published: December 18, 2016
More than 500,000 individuals are released from prison each year. As they return to their communities, they face obstacles in finding employment and housing, as well as significant debt, outstanding fines, and restitution payments. Two-thirds of this population are arrested again within three years. St. Leonard’s House in Chicago offers voluntary, supportive housing for men exiting prison. Program clients receive housing, substance abuse treatment, psychological services, life skills, mentoring, and education and vocational services. Authority researchers used qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection, as well as quasi-experimental design and advanced statistical analysis, to examine outcomes after program participation, including arrests, convictions, incarcerations, and employment.



publications  |   Housing and Services After Prison: Evaluation of the St. Leonard’s House Reentry Program

Published: December 18, 2016
More than 500,000 individuals are released from prison each year. As they return to their communities, they face obstacles in finding employment and housing, as well as significant debt, outstanding fines, and restitution payments. Two-thirds of this population are arrested again within three years. St. Leonard’s House in Chicago offers voluntary, supportive housing for men exiting prison. Program clients receive housing, substance abuse treatment, psychological services, life skills, mentoring, and education and vocational services. Authority researchers used qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection, as well as quasi-experimental design and advanced statistical analysis, to examine outcomes after program participation, including arrests, convictions, incarcerations, and employment.



news  |   Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council’s First Cost Benefit Analysis Reports on the High Cost of Recidivism

Published: October 21, 2015

The Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council (SPAC) released the first cost benefit analysis report on the high cost of recidivism and the supplement that fully explains our methodology. SPAC adopted this model and requested technical assistance from the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative because the model has been tested and accepted in the legislative and budgeting processes in Washington State for over 15 years, it was free, and it came with a multi-disciplinary technical assistance team. Using this model allows us to apply the best national research to Illinois-specific crime data. More importantly, the model is the best tool to determine the efficient use of tax dollars to minimize the risk that crime will occur.




publications  |   Research at a Glance Impacts of Probationer Screening and Services on Probation Success and Future Arrests

Published: December 18, 2014
The Detention to Probation Continuum of Care (DPCC) program was developed by River Valley Detention Center (RVDC) mental health professionals to identify detained youth mental health needs, enhance compliance with conditions of probation, and reduce subsequent justice system involvement. Administrative data were examined for years 2003 through 2009 to assess the extent to which youth received DPCC services and to track their compliance with sentencing conditions, subsequent detention admissions, and arrests.





publications  |   Juvenile recidivism in Illinois Examining rearrest and reincarceration of youth released from the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice

Published: July 18, 2013
This study was conducted to add to the understanding of juveniles incarcerated in Illinois by examining re-arrest and re-incarceration of juveniles released from the Illinois