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Individuals who have been incarcerated face daunting challenges in re-entering society and in their lives following incarceration. Many lack education, work experience, family support, and housing. In addition, substance abuse and mental health problems are common. Without adequate supports, recidivism is likely.
We study programs and services to improve education and employment outcomes, strengthen family relationships, and provide health and financial supports for individuals involved with the justice system. Our researchers are evaluating initiatives for multiple populations, including youth offenders, adults in jails and prisons, and former offenders. Our work provides insight into the effectiveness of interventions occurring at many points of contact with the juvenile and criminal justice systems, including violence prevention programs, bail programs, and juvenile justice reform efforts in cities and counties across the country.
Stable employment is a key factor in preventing recidivism. We are evaluating programs that seek to improve employment outcomes, such as the Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release program, which provides individuals in correctional facilities with jail-based employment supports and job training and links to public workforce systems. We also studied an initiative that provided former offenders with employment, mentoring, and housing assistance to help them make a successful reentry to society. Because youth with juvenile records face particular challenges completing education and job training and finding employment, we are examining efforts focused on improving their outcomes, such as the Evaluation of Grants for Youth Offenders and the Youth Offender Demonstration Project Evaluation.
Because strengthening family relationships is key to many support programs, our Parents and Children Together evaluation is looking at ways to support fathers, including many participants who are ex-offenders, to help build healthy relationships with their children and partners. In addition, we are testing the effectiveness of programs that aim to increase employment for noncustodial parents—including many ex-offenders—with substantial child support arrears. We have also examined efforts such as Health Link, which help connect inmates to health services.
Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration (CSPED)
The National Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration is testing the effectiveness of programs that aim to increase employment among noncustodial parents, with the ultimate goal of increasing the likelihood that they meet their child support obligations.
Connecting Inmates to Public Workforce Services Prior to Release: The Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release Grants
This study looks at whether focused activities and increased coordination between the public workforce system and local correctional facilities prior to release may substantially improve employment outcomes for former inmates.
Samina Sattar studies the implementation and impact of social programs with the aim of improving federal, state, and local policymaking.Featured Projects
- Connecting Inmates to Public Workforce Services Prior to Release: The Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release Grants
- Summer Youth Employment Initiative Under the Recovery Act
- Evaluation of Waivers Granted Under WIA
- Evaluation of Waivers Granted Under WIA: Profiles of 12 Sites
- Training and Re-employment
- Economic Development ,Job Creation, and Entrepreneurship
- TANF and Employment Issues
- Criminal Justice
- Human Services