Getting It Right Program Evaluationclick to download
Jefferson County, Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Justice Services was awarded funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, through the Second Chance Act to develop and test a comprehensive new approach to providing re‐entry services to offenders released to Jefferson County, Colorado. The project, named Getting It Right was a strategic planning effort to develop, implement and evaluate a comprehensive reentry strategy that will reduce recidivism, increase public safety and promote self‐sufficiency in Jefferson County, Colorado.
The project began in October 2013 and extended through March 2016. During this time period, Jefferson County convened a Task Force with representatives extending across county departments and local community service providers. The Task Force developed a strategic plan that aimed to provide a comprehensive reentry process with wraparound services to medium to high risk‐offenders. During the first year, the Jefferson County Reentry Task Force was convened to guide the project and ensure the goals were achieved. Getting It Right provided services to offenders and their families, beginning at sentencing, continuing through community corrections, and eventually through their transition to community. Offenders and their family members received employment readiness training and support from faith‐ and community‐based organizations.
To assess the implementation and potential outcomes of Getting It Right, The Center for Policy Research (CPR), a non‐profit research organization based in Denver, Colorado was contracted to assist with the strategic planning effort and to conduct a process and outcome evaluation. This report begins by providing an overview of the strategic planning effort and Getting It Right project design. A literature review is presented to provide an overview of current research and context for addressing barriers beyond employment needs of offenders. Next, the study’s objectives, research questions and data sources used for the analysis are presented. The enrollee demographics, services received and outcomes are described. Reactions from project staff and key stakeholders are presented, followed by a summary of project findings and implications for future research.
Issue(s): Economic Security & Healthcare
Issues & Focus Areas
- Child Support
- Child Welfare
- Early Childhood & Education
- Economic Security & Healthcare
- Father Engagement & Healthy Relationships
- Gender-Based Violence