Expertise | Evaluation

John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the New York City Department of Correction, NYC Justice Corps: Evaluation of a Community Reentry Program

Metis and its partner Westat are working with John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York to evaluate the NYC Justice Corps, a New York City Center for Economic Opportunity initiative for 18 to 24 year olds who have been involved with the criminal justice system. Groups of youth together engage in a six-month program of life skills, work readiness, internships, and placement into educational programs and employment. A central part of the experience for Corps members is participation in projects that benefit their communities. Whether painting a mural or renovating a park, these projects help young people to become more connected to their communities and to be seen as visibly contributing to them. The NYC Justice Corps was developed through a partnership between John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the New York City Department of Correction. The programs were undertaken in concert with community development corporations in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn and in the Melrose/Mott Haven/Morrisania sections of the Bronx. The Bronx program has continued to provide these services.

Metis evaluated the implementation of the NYC Justice Corps during its first year, collecting data through interviews with Corps members and stakeholders, program observations, and analysis of program and Corps member data. Metis has continued to examine the perceptions of community stakeholders, benefits to the community and to the organizations involved, and program sustainability.