Surviving Parole Reentry: Examining the Impact of Prerelease, Postrelease, and Boundary-Spanning Programs

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      ABSTRACTDo reentry programs including those that are boundary-spanning (operating before and after release from incarceration) help lengthen the time parolees go without being revoked and sent back to prison? In this retrospective study, we examine the impact of three related programs on participants by calculating the length of time they survived without revocation. We considered how long those who participated in only a prerelease program, only a postrelease program, or in both programs (boundary-spanning) sequentially survived when compared to a nonparticipating control group. Those in the boundary-spanning program experienced less parole revocation. However, we found that parolees in the postrelease-only program survived the longest. Demographic and parole experience-related variables examined to contextualize these findings and their practical implications are discussed.