Five Years Later: Final Implementation Lessons from the Evaluation of Responsible Fatherhood, Marriage and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and Reentering Fathers and Their Partners. Implications for Reentry Collaboratives

05/01/2013

For those working to support reentry through collaboration among correctional agencies, community-based reentry organizations, employers, housing providers, and others serving reentering persons and their families, these evaluation findings suggest:

  • To lay the groundwork for productive collaboration on family skills interventions for justice-involved families, it is important to create opportunities for local domestic violence agencies, correctional agencies, and human services agencies to network and build relationships. Support is also needed for local human services and domestic violence agencies in their effort tounderstand the culture and protocol of local correctional agencies and identify unmet programming needs in the corrections and community supervision systems.
  • To keep family skills programming relevant and responsive within a changing justice system, identify whether local correctional systems are moving (or have moved) toward risk-based program assignment.  If so, explore ways to incorporate family skills programming into this framework.  Programs should also identify and use validated risk assessment tools to assess risk, target family skills program participants for the greatest potential impact, and separate participants by risk level when providing programming.

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