Enhancing Women’s Reentry Programs

Dates: 2011-2012

Geographic Scope: Nationwide

Client(s): DHHS Office on Women's Health

Services: Training & Technical Assistance, Applied Research & Evaluation

Technical Expertise: Family Planning & Reproductive Health

Women reentering the community after incarceration face numerous barriers that often result in rearrests leading them back to prison. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health sees the challenges of women’s reentry into the community as an important public health problem and contracted with JSI to develop a set of recommendations for reentry programs to be more effective in helping women transition. JSI conducted a literature review focused on current women’s reentry programs and provided recommendations based on the findings. Three key themes were identified as central to women’s successful reentry. Those themes include: collaboration, gender-responsiveness, and trauma-informed care.

JSI is now evaluating three pilot sites that are enhancing their reentry programs with these themes. Over the next three years, JSI will be providing technical assistance to and monitoring the pilot sites through both a process and outcome evaluation. Ultimately, tracking outcomes will help build evidence for reentry program enhancements specific to women to help them be more successful in reentering their communities after incarceration.