PPA partnered with the Fortune Society, a New York-based organization that specializes in serving individuals returning to the community following incarceration, to evaluate the impact of the Individualized Correction Achievement Network (I-CAN) Mentoring Program. Established in 2017 with federal funding from the Department of Justice, the I-CAN Mentoring program is a new service provided for individuals being released from New York City’s Rikers Island correctional facility. The program works with inmates to establish relationships with mentors prior to being released that will continue upon release. The PPA team evaluated the impact of the program using a randomized controlled trial to measure differences in key outcomes, such as employment, housing, substance use, and recidivism rates, between mentored and non-mentored individuals.
- Evaluation design
- Administrative data collection & analysis
- Site visits
- Impact analysis