Colorado Department of Corrections Reentry Systems Mapping Project: Policy Landscape Summary

Colorado Department of Corrections Reentry Systems Mapping Project: Policy Landscape Summary

Published: Oct 22, 2018
Publisher: Denver, CO: Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab at the University of Denver
Clients
Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab
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Associated Project

Modeling Successful Reentry Practices in Colorado

Time frame: 2019-2020

Prepared for:

Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab

Authors

Julie Worthington Hartnack

Rayna Thornton

Key Findings

Among the key findings:

  • Colorado’s expansion of reentry services initiated new connections between prison, parole, and the community that build the foundation for a more integrated system.
  • Targeting reentry series to the people who need them most is challenging but key to having efficient and effective services
  • Modernizing and connecting data systems that evolved from different contexts for different purposes is a strategic priority for improving service delivery.

Following implementation of reforms passed by the Colorado General Assembly in 2014, the Colorado Department of Corrections, in partnering with the Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab and Mathematica Policy Research, has conducted a study to examine current implementation of state-level reentry services.

The research team is currently in the process of examining multiple sources of internal data to learn how the “high-risk, high-needs population” is identified and targeted for services in different settings within DOC. This second phase of work will support the identification of priority focus in terms of systems alignment for the incoming DOC leadership.

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