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Project Highlights

Implementation study.

Drawing on data from a grantee survey and visits to select sites, our study helps DOL understand how the grant programs were implemented across a broad range of intermediaries and community-based organizations.

Impact study.

Applying quasi-experimental methods allows our team to determine the impacts of the program on labor market and criminal justice outcomes by comparing outcomes for RP participants to those for a comparison group of similar individuals who received employment services available through the Wagner-Peyser Act.

Outcomes study.

Our work includes assessing employment, criminal justice system, and other outcomes of a broader set of RP participants than those included in the impact study.


The intent of this Reentry Project initiative is to protect community safety through the successful reintegration of offenders."
US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration

For two decades, the US Department of Labor (DOL) has invested in improving the employment outcomes of people who have been involved in the justice system through its Reentry Employment Opportunities office.


Between 2016 and 2019, DOL awarded almost $300 million through Reentry Project (RP) grants designed to improve labor market and criminal justice outcomes for young adults and adults.

Our team’s comprehensive approach includes a quasi-experimental impact study, a study of grant implementation, and an analysis of program results.

Related Resource

Supporting Reentry Employment and Success: A Summary of the Evidence

This brief summarizes research on employment, cognitive behavioral therapy, and case management models for justice-involved adults and young adults.