Questions We’re Asking
Can transitional jobs for ex-prisoners reduce recidivism?
Why are we asking?
Over the past several years, policymakers have increasingly focused on the daunting problems facing the more than 600,000 people who are released from prison each year and reenter their communities. They frequently have difficulties finding jobs and housing, and experience problems reconnecting with family and other social supports. Successful transitions are rare — two-thirds of released prisoners are rearrested, and half are reincarcerated within three years. MDRC is evaluating several programs that seek to improve the success rate.