American Journal of Criminal Justice

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 41–58 | Cite as

Identifying Collateral Effects of Offender Reentry Programming Through Evaluative Fieldwork

  • J. Mitchell Miller


The transfer of offender supervision from prisons to community corrections has prioritized the implementation of reentry programming and outcome evaluation oriented toward impact specification and evidence based practices discovery. Similar to rehabilitation research, generally, reentry scholarship tends toward the statistical documentation of recidivism and related public safety indicators while under-utilizing qualitative techniques. This study reports the qualitative methods and findings from a mixed methods evaluation of a national model county reentry program for offenders with co-occurring disorders. Observation of treatment services, in-depth interviews with jail administrators and services providers, and focus group interviews with a sample of treatment group participants evidenced collateral benefits of programming. Discussion centers on treatment program implications and the value of mixed methods for justice program evaluation.


Collateral benefit Mixed methods Offender reentry Qualitative evaluation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TexasSan AntonioUSA

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