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Impact of Family-Inclusive Case Management on Reentry Outcomes: Interim Report on the Safer Return Demonstration Evaluation

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Jocelyn Fontaine; Douglas Gilchrist-Scott; Megan Denver
Date Published
September 2011
34 pages
This interim report from the Urban Institute (UI) is a process and outcome evaluation of the family-inclusive case management model of the Safer Return Demonstration and covers the first 2 years of the evaluation, July 2009 through June 2011.
Results conclude that, in general, family members considered their relationships with their formerly incarcerated family members to be strong and positive. Families appear highly supportive of their formerly incarcerated family members, wanting to provide assistance in any way possible. Family members in the treatment and comparison communities appeared to be generally low income, never married, had achieved a high school diploma/GED or lower, and were female. The majority of respondents in both communities, approximately three-quarters, were not employed at all. The report outlines the Safer Return Demonstration and how the UI evaluation, which uses a quasiexperimental design, examines the extent to which the demonstration is meeting its intended goals. The majority of the report describes the logic of the family-inclusive case management model, based on dozens of interviews and focus groups with stakeholders, case managers, reviews of administrative records and program materials, and focus groups with family members and formerly incarcerated persons. This report includes descriptions of the family members of the formerly incarcerated persons in the research sample, based on survey data. The report concludes with next steps for the evaluation and preliminary implications based on the research findings to date. Tables and references