Evaluation of the Allegheny County Jail Collaborative Reentry Programs

In 2010 and 2011, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, launched local reentry programs under the auspices of the Bureau of Justice Assistance Second Chance Act Adult Offender Reentry Demonstration Programs initiative. Designed to reduce recidivism and improve inmates’ transition to the community, the first of these two programs (Reentry1) linked sentenced Allegheny County jail inmates to Reentry Specialists who coordinated reentry services and programming both in jail and the community. The second program (Reentry2) connected inmates to designated reentry Probation Officers before release, who then engaged offenders in prerelease reentry planning and supervised them in the community after release. Both programs attempted to reduce reoffending through the use of risk/needs assessment, coordinated reentry planning, and delivery of evidence-based programs and practices.

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