Research Purpose: In 2009, the California Legislature allocated $10 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act State Justice Assistance Grant monies for a statewide pilot project that established or enhanced parolee reentry courts in California. With a large prison population and high rates of reoffending, the State of California sought to explore cost-effective program models that have the potential to stem recidivism. In June 2012, the California Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) contracted with NPC Research to assist them in evaluating the impact of these reentry courts on recidivism, as well as explore the costs and benefits of reentry courts.
Project Design: The study of the six pilot reentry courts in California consisted of a mixed-methods design involving: (1) collecting detailed program-related information using surveys, (2) administrative data collection (including criminal justice, treatment, mental health and program data), and (3) cost-benefit data using NPC’s Transactional and Institutional Cost Analysis (TICA) approach.
Funding Source: Administrative Office of the Courts of California
Start Date: June 2012