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Series # :
  ETAOP 2011-15
Title :
  Examining a New Model for Prisoner Re-Entry Services: The Evaluation Of Beneficiary Choice
Release Date :
  May 13, 2011
Abstract :
  In July 2007, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) awarded grants to five organizations to assist ex-offenders in reintegrating back into their communities under the Beneficiary Choice Contracting Program. The cornerstone of the beneficiary choice approach was the participant’s choice of the service provider that best meets his/her needs. The demonstration included the added element of performance-based contracting for provision of reentry services. This report, Examining a New Model for Prisoner Re-Entry Services: the Evaluation of Beneficiary Choice, describes the Beneficiary Choice model, the outreach and service approaches used by the grantees, their participants’ overall characteristics and service use, and their employment and criminal justice outcomes. Information included in the report was gathered during visits to each grantee community and through intense discussions at grantee conferences sponsored by ETA. Of particular interest, the report describes grantees’ efforts to ensure that participants have a truly independent choice of service providers. The report also examines the extent to which faith-based or faith-infused religious services were provided to participants. Finally, the report culminates with a discussion of early successes and ongoing challenges faced by the grantees.

Publication Author(s)
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc
  • Jeanne Bellotti
  • Michelle Derr
  • Jillian Berk
  • Nora Paxton
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