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Formerly Incarcerated/Reentering

Don't forget dad: Addressing women's poverty by rethinking forced and outdated child support policies

Individual Author: 
Hatcher, Daniel L.

In the dialogues regarding reducing poverty among women, especially mothers, the inextricably linked issues surrounding low-income men must be simultaneously considered. In social policy addressing women’s poverty, poor fathers have too often been considered primarily as an enemy to be pursued rather than a fellow victim of poverty’s wrath, and potential partner towards the cure. We want someone to blame, and many assume that poor single mothers are best served by always being encouraged — and even forced — to pursue the noncustodial fathers for financial support through adversarial means.

Work and opportunity before and after incarceration

Individual Author: 
Looney, Adam
Turner, Nicholas

The tax code provides subsidies for employers to hire ex-felons, to promote employment among low-income workers, and to encourage economic opportunity in distressed areas. These incentives are motivated to different degrees by a belief that economic opportunity facilitates successful reintegration of ex-felons and deters entry into crime. In this paper, we offer a more comprehensive view of the labor market opportunities of ex-prisoners in the U.S. by linking data from the entire prison population to earnings records over a sixteen year period.

Arches Transformative Mentoring program: An implementation and impact evaluation in New York City

Individual Author: 
Lynch, Mathew
Astone, Nan Marie
Collazos, Juan
Lipman, Micaela
Esthappan, Sino

This report evaluates the New York City-based Arches Transformative Mentoring program, finding that participation in the program reduces one-year felony reconviction by over two-thirds, and reduces two-year felony reconviction by over half, with especially profound impacts for the youngest program participants. The program's evidence-based curriculum is completed over a 6-12-month period and delivered in a group setting by "credible messengers," direct service professionals with backgrounds similar to the populations they serve.

Residential instability among the formerly incarcerated

Individual Author: 
Herbert, Claire
Morenoff, Jeffrey
Harding, David
Purvis, Liam

This research analyzes the predictors of homelessness and housing instability among the formerly incarcerated, drawing on data on thousands of individuals over a multi- year study of prisoner reentry in Michigan. Higher earnings and social support from parents and romantic partners are the most effective buffers against residential insecurity among former prisoners, while forced moves to correctional facilities are correlated with future residential instability.

Employment hope as an empowerment pathway to self-sufficiency among exoffenders

Individual Author: 
Young P. Hong, Phillip
Choi, Sangmi
Lewis, Dara

The purpose of this research is to examine the process of psychological empowerment as it impacts exoffenders’ self-sufficiency. This transformational process of social inclusion involves developing employment hope as one strives for economic success. Using a sample of 154 exoffenders receiving services from a community-based social service organization in Chicago, this study investigated how self-esteem, self-efficacy, and employment hope affect self-sufficiency.

Parental incarceration and children in nonparental care

Individual Author: 
Gibbs, Deborah
Burfeind, Chelsea
Tueller, Stephen

This ASPE Research Brief describes the number and characteristics of children who in 2011 or 2012 lived with someone other than their parents and who had experienced the incarceration of a parent or guardian. The brief compares children in nonparental care as a result of parental incarceration with those who experienced parental incarceration but not as a reason for nonparental care, and those with no experience of parental incarceration.

Implementation and sustainability of juvenile reentry programs in Second Chance Act sites: Evaluation sites in Oklahoma and Virginia

Individual Author: 
Hussermann, Jeanette
Liberman, Akiva
Parks, Erika

Delivering reentry services to youth proves challenging. This brief describes the implementation and sustainability of two Juvenile Second Chance Act reentry programs in Oklahoma and Virginia. Drawing from semi-structured interviews with grantees and community and state stakeholders conducted between 2013 and 2016, evaluators document the challenges to providing prerelease support and coordinating services among institutional and community supervision agencies and organizations.

Child support conviction and recidivism: A statistical interaction pattern by race

Individual Author: 
Spjeldnes, Solveig
Yamatani, Hide
Davis, Maggie M.

An estimated 50,000 parents are behind bars on average daily for child support nonpayment, but information about these fathers and their recidivism rates are lacking. Using a jail sample (N = 16,382), multinomial logistics regression method was utilized; subgroup analysis was used to investigate differential beta weights of predictor variables. Informed by Critical Race Theory, findings showed that fathers incarcerated for arrears had significantly higher rates of recidivism than other jailed men, but had an interaction effect with race.

Strategies for reducing criminal and juvenile justice involvement: Building ladders of opportunity for young people in the Great Lakes states, brief 4

Individual Author: 
Jannetta, Jesse
Okeke, Cameron

Crime, victimization, and justice system responses greatly affect the life prospects of the most vulnerable Great Lakes youth, restricting their access to ladders of opportunity. This brief describes how crime and justice involvement impact youth development and opportunity generally, and explores the specific crime and justice intervention context in the Great Lakes states.

Multi-site family study on incarceration, parenting and partnering: Program impacts technical report

Individual Author: 
Lindquist, Christine
Steffey, Danielle
Tueller, Stephen
McKay, Tasseli
Bir, Anupa
Feinberg, Rose
Ramirez, Derek

This report presents findings on the impact of couples-based family strengthening services in four prison-based programs from the Multi-Site Family Study on Incarceration, Parenting and Partnering (MFS-IP) and discusses the implications for policy, programs, and future research. In one of the four grantee programs, the low-dosage healthy relationship retreat had sustained positive effects on multiple partnership and parenting relationship outcomes for a low-income, justice-involved population. This evaluation attempted to isolate the impacts of relatively low-dosage couples programming.