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National Institute of Justice : Prisoner Reentry Programs Rated


Texas Intensive Supervision Parole (Houston and Dallas) Rated No Effects

This program was designed to increase monitoring and control of parolees who demonstrated poor parole performance and were at high risk of returning to prison for a parole violation. This program is rated No Effects. There were no statistically significant differences in reconviction, rearrest, and employment rates between groups in both Houston and Dallas. In Houston, program participants were significantly more likely to have technical violations than those in the control group.

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Back Door Electronic Monitoring (Sweden) Rated Promising

This program in Sweden involves the use of an ankle bracelet to determine the location of an individual who has been released following a short-term stay in prison. The overall goal is to reduce reoffending rates of participants. The program is rated Promising. Significantly fewer program participants were convicted of a new offense and sentenced to prison at the 3-year follow up, compared with control group participants.

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Brooklyn (NY) Mental Health Court Rated Promising

This program seeks to divert mentally ill adults who have committed misdemeanor and felony offenses away from the justice system and into treatment. The goals of the program are to ensure participants receive treatment for their mental disorders and do not have future contact with the justice system. The program is rated Promising. Overall, there was significant effects on re-arrests and reconvictions.

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