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Release To Rent

Presentation for Program Evaluations course on a community based reentry program

Ebony Hawkins

on 4 May 2010

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Transcript of Release To Rent

RELEASE TO RENT transitional housing & recidivism outcomes Ebony D. Hawkins
George Warren Brown School of Social Work
Washington University in Saint Louis Program Interventions " Reentry is a challenging process along several dimensions. Upon release former prisoners must find housing, employment, and healthcare. With access to public housing assistance restricted by law, many struggle to find suitable living arrangements and financial support" (Solomon, McBride, Travis, 2005.) "substance addictions, job and housing instability, mental illness, and a host of health problems are part of the day-to-day realities for a significant share of [ex-offender] populations" (Travis, 2000) "prisoner reentry programs provide a connection between the prison and the community in effort to maximize successful prisoner reintergration" (Bouffard & Bergon, 2006) R2R Program Mission: (1) Does providing transitional housing reduce recidivism

(2) Does the Release to Rent program reduce criminal recidivism for men?

(3) In what ways within their capacity can Release to Rent reach more of the target population to improve the program outcomes? Research Questions Research Aim Design Pre-experimental Outcome Evaluation Methodology N=133 N=133 Data Collection
Archival existing data 2004-2009
MDOC Inmate Locator
Discussion Limitations/ Future Research The housing program recidivism rate is < 4x the National D.O.C recidivism rate.

Release to Rent program recidivism rate is < 3x the Missouri D.O.C recidivism rate.

standard definition for recidivism
body of knowledge
reliability of collection tools
cost benefit-analysis

Acknowledgements Heidi Moore, R2R Program Coordinator
Mark Zaegel & Patty Berger, R2R Case Managers
Renee Williams, Ph.D, MPE, LCSW
David Ansong, MSW

Special Thanks to Release to Rent clients past & present.
Ebony D. Hawkins

Email: hawkins.ebony@yahoo.com

George Warren Brown School of Social Work
Washington University of Saint Louis
St. Louis, MO 63106

Release to Rent
100 N. Jefferson
St. Louis, MO 63103

A ministry of the society of St. Vincent De Paul, to respond to the needs of prisoners, vicitims, ex-offenders and others involved in the criminal justice system in the geographic area of the St. Louis Catholic Archdiocese Results Society of St. Vincent DePaul, St. Louis Criminal Justice Ministry RELEASE TO RENT Intensive case management
Scattered housing
Group therapy Literature
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