BSO Collaboration Project

Innovations in Reentry Initiative Grant: Reducing Recidivism through Systems Improvement

This project, offered by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO), addresses reentry barriers with the goal of reducing recidivism of former State of Florida prisoners returning to Broward County after release. The Broward Reentry Center (BREC) offers support services through a one stop portal initiative. FIU-CBRI serves as the evaluation partner for this study. Services provided include prelease risk assessment, case planning, post-release case management, mentoring, family reunification, job placement and retention, career development and life skills, housing assistance, transportation support, criminal registration, referral to community based providers, and other services based on the program participant’s need and willingness to participate. The ultimate evaluation goal of the program will be to reduce recidivism (defined by re-arrest within 3 years of release) by 50% (from 68% to 34%). The project is funded by the Department of Justice (#BJA-2018-14341).

Program POC: Michelle Mumaw

Financial POC: Leslie Cedeno

Research POC: Paula Smith

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Principal Investigator: Staci Leon Morris, Psy.D.

Co-Investigators: Michelle Hospital, Ph.D. & Zoran Bursac, Ph.D.

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