Can Intensive Employment Strategies Support Successful Reentry?
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
The Reentry Employment Opportunities (REO) evaluation, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Chief Evaluation Office, represents one such opportunity to understand whether these more intensive employment training approaches can improve outcomes for justice-involved populations. REO funding targets young adults (ages 18 to 24) and adults (ages 25 and over) with previous involvement in the criminal justice system. Programs funded under these grants aim to reduce recidivism and increase employment rates and earnings for these target populations by combining structured employment experiences—through models such as apprenticeship, work-based learning, and career pathways—with case management and supportive services to facilitate the transition to unsubsidized employment. This presentation will review the findings from a literature review conducted to determine how the REO evaluation might address specific unanswered questions in the existing evidence base on reentry programming and on effective employment strategies for low-income populations more generally.