Safe Streets, Second Chances

Improving Reentry Services

Our Partnership

Through the Safe Streets, Second Chances project, we worked to develop a model of reentry services that reduces recidivism, decreases costs and fosters productive citizenship. This collaborative project between DU and partners like Florida State University sought to create effective near- and long-term strategies to help individuals who were formerly incarcerated to reestablish their lives.

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  • exploring the effects of felony disenfranchisement.
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About the Project

The Safe Streets, Second Chances project aims to improve reentry services to benefit both formerly incarcerated individuals and the communities in which they participate. We focused on reducing recidivism and costs while fostering productive citizenship through improved occupational status, interpersonal relationships, thinking patterns, coping skills and social activities.

The project was spread across eight sites in four states (Florida, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Texas). Within each state, a random 50 percent selection of participants received the Safe Streets, Second Chances services, while the other half received reentry services typically provided in that state.

Data was collected at multiple points: upon enrollment, immediately upon release, and then three, nine and 15 months after release to asses impacts and cost savings.

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Johnny Kim

An associate professor at DU's Graduate School of Social Work, Johnny Kim specializes in scholarship around mental health in the context of families and adolescents. His work in intervention research, clinical social work, and evidence-based practice/implementation science has appeared in a wide range of scholarly journals and books.