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Formerly Incarcerated/Reentering

Working dads: Final report on the Fathers at Work initiative

Individual Author: 
Spaulding, Shayne
Grossman, Jean Baldwin
Wallace, Dee

Presents findings from P/PV's evaluation of Fathers at Work, a national demonstration funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, designed to help low-income noncustodial fathers increase their employment and earnings, become more involved in their children's lives, and provide them with more consistent financial support. The Fathers at Work programs offered a unique combination of job training and placement, child support and fatherhood services at six well-established community-based organizations in Chicago, IL; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Richmond, CA; and Roanoke, VA.

Exploring the ability of nonprofit workforce development programs to impact poverty in Franklin County, Ohio

Individual Author: 
Wells, Christopher R. E.

Workforce development programs seek to positively impact the employment and earnings of individuals who may face significant barriers to labor market success. In this paper, I measure the outcomes of several workforce development programs operating in Franklin County, Ohio, against three poverty thresholds: the 2007 United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) individual poverty guidelines, the 2007 HHS family of four poverty guidelines, and .6 of the median household income for Franklin County in 2007.

More than a job: Final results from the evaluation of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) Transitional Jobs Program

Individual Author: 
Redcross, Cindy
Millenky, Megan
Rudd, Timothy
Levshin, Valerie

This report presents the final results of the evaluation of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO). CEO is one of four sites in the Enhanced Services for the Hard-to-Employ Demonstration and Evaluation Project, sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), with additional funding from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Vulnerable populations and the transition to adulthood

Individual Author: 
Courtney, Mark E.
Osgood, D. W.
Foster, Michael

D. Wayne Osgood, E. Michael Foster, and Mark E. Courtney examine the transition to adult- hood for youth involved in social service and justice systems during childhood and adolescence. They survey the challenges faced by youth in the mental health system, the foster care system, the juvenile justice system, the criminal justice system, and special education, and by youth with physical disabilities and chronic illness, as well as runaway and homeless youth.

Turning offenders into responsible parents and child support payers

Individual Author: 
Griswold, Esther A.
Pearson, Jessica

This article describes four demonstration projects that strive to promote responsible behavior with respect to parenting, child support payment, and employment among incarcerated and paroled parents with child support obligations. These projects, conducted in Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Texas, with support from the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement and evaluated by the Center for Policy Research, led to a number of common outcomes and lessons.

Harlem service providers' perceptions of the impact of municipal policies on their clients with substance abuse problems

Individual Author: 
van Olphen, Juliana
Freudenberg, Nicholas

Substance abuse is a significant health and social problem in many low income urban communities. Finding appropriate help for drug users has been identified as a significant barrier to reducing the harm from drug abuse. This report presents findings from a survey of service providers in the Central and East Harlem communities, New York City, conducted in 2000 to identify policy obstacles that impeded clients’ attempts to overcome substance use and related problems.

Serving fathers who leave prison

Individual Author: 
Pearson, Jessica
Davis, Lanae

This article describes characteristics, service experiences, and outcomes for 350 ex-offenders with minor-aged children who were served at the John Inman Work and Family Center (WFC), a multiservice program offering assistance with employment, child support, and family reconnection. Following their visit to the WFC, fathers had higher rates of employment and child support payment. They also returned to prison at lower rates than the general offender population.

Dollars and Sense—a resource guide: Funding reentry employment programs for returning offenders

Individual Author: 
Hoover, Mark S.

Over the past 25 years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people incarcerated in the nation’s prisons and jails. By 2005, the prison population had risen to 2.2 million, a fourfold increase since 1980. Reentry—the transition from prison to community—presents overwhelming challenges for newly released offenders, limiting their chances for success. Research shows that two-thirds of ex-offenders are rearrested and one-half re-incarcerated within three years of their release.