Re Entry Services Helps Reduce Overcrowding During Prisons A Longitudinal Outcome Evaluation Study

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Evaluation In order to determine whether or not focusing on re-entry services helps reduce overcrowding in prisons a longitudinal outcome evaluation study will be used. The study will be completely voluntary and consent will be required at the beginning of the study. Participants are not required to complete the study; however, a monetary reward will be given for successful completion. Other than the monetary reward, no other incentives will be offered to participants. The focus will be on two prisons, one prison will have already implemented the re-entry services policy and the other will not. Our sample will consist of inmates who have served five to twenty years in prison and will soon be released. The ideal sample would consist of at least 50 inmates from each facility. Various demographic information will be collected such as, age, race, gender, highest level of education, and home city at time of arrest. Other basic information that will be gathered will include, whether or not they had familial support while incarcerated, and whether or not they have familial support upon release. Upon release contact will be made with the former inmates periodically over a five-year time period. Ideally contact will be made once every year, five times in total. When one on one interviews are possible with former inmates they will be asked if they believe that the re-entry services have helped them substantially in becoming a productive member in society. If they did not

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