Housing and Offender Reentry-The Urban Institute-DC Public Safety Radio


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This is radio show 164.

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The program interviews Dr. Jocelyn Fontaine, Senior Research Associate of the Urban Institute on what works regarding housing and those released from prison. The research indicates participants were  40 percent less likely to be rearrested and 60 percent less likely to be reincarcerated.

The research, titled “Supportive Housing for Returning Prisoners” is available at http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412632-Supportive-Housing-for-Returning-Prisoners.pdf .

This study was supported primarily by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction with additional funding from: the Ohio Department of Mental Health, The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Corporation for Supportive Housing—Ohio Office. Funding for this project was administered by the Corporation for Supportive Housing.

The website for the Urban Institute is http://www.urban.org .

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A top priority for the Department of Justice is to invest in scientific research to ensure that the Department is both tough and smart on crime. The Office of Justice Programs’ CrimeSolutions.gov website shapes rigorous research into a central, reliable, and credible resource to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice.

A new website lists and evaluates prisoner re-entry programs nationwide. Launched yesterday by the Urban Institute, the Council of State Governments, and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Prisoner Reentry Institute, the “What Works Clearinghouse” can be seen at http://nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/what_works.

The National Reentry Resource Center is a project of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice. Please see the Center’s website at http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/. Please see “Federal Interagency Reentry Council Launches Website, Releases Myth-Buster Series” on the front page of the site (see announcements). CSOSA is a member of the Council.

Several requesters have asked for national research on reentry. The Office of Justice Program’s National Institute of Justice reentry research portfolio supports the evaluation of innovative reentry programs. To access these studies and NIJ’s entire reentry research portfolio visit www.nij.gov/nij/topics/corrections/reentry/welcome.htm .

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