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Past Innovations In Reentry Rounds

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March 17 2016
March 17 2016

Innovations in Reentry Round 1 (2013-2015)

The first round of grants was awarded in 2013, through a participatory decision-making process coordinated by Alameda County Public Health Department and the Place Matters team. Nine grantees were awarded $1,551,605 in 18-month grants which ran from November 2013 to April 2015:

  • Asian Prisoner Support Committee
  • Centerforce
  • Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
  • Planting Justice
  • PUEBLO
  • The Gamble Institute
  • The Mentoring Center
  • UCSF Office of Sponsored Research
  • Youth Uprising

For more information on the projects, please see Grantee Profiles.

KEY FINDINGS:

  • The nine Innovations in Reentry (IIR) projects served 280 pre-release participants and 326 post-release participants – 137 more participants than projects had set out to serve.
  • 430 of participants (71%) were supported by IIR projects over time (more than one contact).
  • 79% of all ongoing, post-release participants were under the supervision of the Alameda County Probation Department.
  • Participants came from all over Alameda County. The majority of participants spent some time living in Oakland. Participants lived within all five supervisorial districts.
  • Only 16 participants (9% of active, ongoing post-release participants) were re-incarcerated – and of these, only six were re-incarcerated for new crimes. Rates of recidivism and revocation for IIR participants were substantially lower than the most comparable rates within Alameda County and California – between 45% and 88% lower than expected. (Recidivism can either refer to people returned to custody for any reason but only for those returned for a new crime, while revocation refers to people returned to custody for a violation of the terms of their release.)
  • Although each grant project used different measures to track their impact on participants, all grantees were successful in improving the well-being of their participants. Multiple grant projects demonstrated a positive effect related to participants’ self-confidence, employment status, educational attainment, and utilization of available and necessary services.

For more information, please see the Executive Summary or the full November 2013 – April 2015 Funding Period Evaluation Report.

INNOVATIONS IN REENTRY ROUND 1 Continuation (2016)

In 2016, 7 of the Round 1 grantees were awarded around $450,000 in 6-month Continuation Grants to utilize their original project findings to develop final organizational assets and tools. These project deliverables will be developed with the intention of system learning, and may be adopted by other service providers.

The awards will run from June to December 2016.