Evaluation of Bridges to Life Parole Reentry Program

Project Summary 

Bridges to Life (BTL) is a national program that provides an opportunity for inmates to engage in self-reflection that can lead them to become more self-accountable and responsible.  However, BTL’s contact with participants ends when they are released from prison and the program has never tracked its participants in the community to see how they fare after release. The National Police Foundation is evaluating the effectiveness of the BTL program.

 

Methodology

Using parole records, provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, we propose to compare parole violations and new arrests between 300 BTL graduates to a similar group of 300 non-participants. In addition, we are conducting in-depth qualitative interviews with 20 BTL graduates to determine whether and how the program has helped them to overcome obstacles to readjusting to life in the community.  The study will provide a rigorous assessment of the effectiveness of BTL and highlight obstacles parolees face upon release that could be used to strengthen reentry programs.

 

Publications 

Forthcoming

 

Funding & Collaboration

This study is being funded by the Communities Foundation of Texas.

 

Points of Contact

Rob Davis
Chief Social Scientist
National Police Foundation
rdavis@policefoundation.org

Kalani Johnson
Research Assistant
National Police Foundation
kjohnson@policefoundation.org

Michael Lebron
Research Assistant
National Police Foundation
mlebron@policefoundation.org

 

Keywords

Reentry programs, parole, recidivism