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Preparing Prisoners for Returning Home: A Process Evaluation of West Virginia’s Offender Reentry Initiative

The sheer number of offenders released from correctional institutions each year has underscored the need for effective offender programs and transitional services. As a result, the WVDOC developed a comprehensive offender reentry program with the anticipation that it would significantly reduce the number of barriers that offenders will have to face upon release and thereby increase their chances for successful reintegration. Thus, the primary goal of the WVORI is to develop a case management system that ensures the continuity of services and programming from the time the offender enters secure confinement until the offender is ultimately reintegrated back into society. The West Virginia Offender Reentry Initiative (WVORI) became fully operational in July 2005.