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Prisoner re-entry program helps inmate transition to civilian life.

Almost 70,000 people are released from state prisons each year. Ex-prisoners face daunting obstacles to successful re-entry into society, and rates of recidivism are high. Most experts believe that stable government is critical to a successful transition, but ex-prisoners have great difficulty finding steady work.


A transitional jobs program for ex-prisoners developed by the Center of Employment Opportunities in New York has managed to reduce recidivism. According to the center, participants in CEO's transitional jobs program were less likely to be convicted of a crime, to be admitted to prison for a new conviction, or to be incarcerated for any reason in prison or jail over the first two years.

CEO is one of four sites in the Enhanced Services for the Hard-to-Employ Demonstration and Evaluation Project, which is sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families and the assistant secretary for planning and evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with additional funding from the U.S. Department of Labor. The project is being conducted under contract to the HHS by MDRC, a nonprofit research organization, along with the Urban Institute and other partners.

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Title Annotation:first things first
Publication:Policy & Practice
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Feb 1, 2010
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