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Karen Lahm, Ph.D. (Advisor); Tracey Steele, Ph.D. (Committee Member); Jacqueline Bergdahl, Ph.D. (Committee Member)

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Master of Arts (MA)


As a result of a deterrence and incapacitation focused criminal justice system in the United States, reentry programming has become integral to both reduce criminal justice spending and mass incarceration. Reentry programming assists those released from prison with reintegration into society to prevent recidivism and allow the returning citizen to become a productive member of society. This study evaluated one such reentry program in Montgomery County Ohio. The Reentry Career Alliance Academy (RCAA) is a career focused work readiness curriculum that also includes workshops with community stakeholders. Evaluation was completed through paired T Test analysis in pre- and post-questionnaire responses. Thematic analysis was also conducted to evaluate areas of need, resource requests, program satisfaction, and other variable such as housing, transportation, and a desire to further education. The analysis in this study indicated that the RCAA program is a turning point in participant’s lives and strengthens informal social bonds.

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Applied Behavioral Science

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.