The Effectiveness of Enhanced Parole Supervision and Community Services: NeW Jersey's Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative

Bonita M. Veysey, Michael Ostermann, Jennifer L. Lanterman

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Abstract

In 2003, the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, in collaboration with other federal partner agencies provided approximately US$110 million in funding to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to develop and/or fill gaps in reentry strategies through the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI). This article describes the New Jersey SVORI intervention approach and evaluates its relative impacts on participants’ rearrest rates. SVORI participants are compared with randomly selected parolees (n = 100) and unconditional releases (n = 100) that did not receive services through SVORI but otherwise met the inclusion criteria of the New Jersey SVORI intervention. Results indicate that SVORI participants were rearrested at a significantly lower rate during the follow-up period when compared with both of the non-SVORI groups. Policy issues are discussed by the authors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)435-453
Number of pages19
JournalThe Prison Journal
Volume94
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law

Keywords

  • SVORI
  • corrections
  • parole
  • recidivism
  • reentry

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