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Prisoner reentry services currently face multiple implementation challenges when providing parolees an access to resources in rural communities. As an extension of existing evaluation efforts on Ohio’s Second Chance Act Grant-funded Rural Recidivism Reduction Program (OR3), this project will investigate post-prison violation behavior among a sample of offenders under supervision in a rural setting. Specifically, the project will serve as an examination of violation behavior among participating offenders involved in the grant-funded rural reentry initiative of Ohio within six months after release from prison.

Utilizing quasi experimental methods to compare outcomes among grant-funded participants and an appropriately selected comparison group, the research design will employ descriptive comparisons of violation frequency and types of behavior between both groups. Findings from the analysis are expected to inform case management and contribute to organizational decision-making in reducing violation behavior as it is considered detrimental to future engagement in new crimes. Additionally, the findings will provide implications of whether specialized reentry services help reinforce the role of the existing substance abuse referral process in reducing relapse behavior among ex-offenders. The project will hopefully expand on early evaluation work and existing literature, building on our understanding of rural reentry.

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Criminology and Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement and Corrections

An Examination of Violation Behavior Among Participating Offenders Involved in the Grant-Funded Rural Reentry Initiative of Ohio Within Six Months After Release from Prison