This study expanded on interim results from a rigorous impact evaluation of the New York City-based Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), a transitional jobs program designed to help former prisoners increase longer-term employment and, consequently, reduce recidivism.
The program reduced recidivism in both the first and the second year of follow-up. The study used a regression-based analysis to identify whether CEO had its greatest impact among low-, medium-, or high-risk offenders. The study found the program had its strongest reductions in recidivism for former prisoners who were at highest risk of recidivism. The program reduced the probability of re-arrest, the number of re-arrests, and the probability of reconviction two years after random assignment.
Report Title: Enhanced Services for the Hard To Employ Demonstration: Recidivism Effects of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) Program Vary By Former Prisoners' Risk of Reoffending
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Girley Wright, 202-401-5070
Record ID: 9672 (Report completed October 15, 2010)