Reducing Drug Use, Human Immunodeficiency Virus Risk, and Recidivism Among Young Men Leaving Jail: Evaluation of the REAL MEN Re-Entry Program
January 18, 2011
The Returning Educated African-American and Latino Men to Enriched Neighborhoods (REAL MEN) intervention is designed to reduce drug use, risky sexual behavior, and criminal activity among males ages 16-18 leaving New York City jails. The current study assessed the impact of this multifaceted approach.
The results showed assignment to REAL MEN and, independently, use of CBO services, significantly reduced the odds of substance dependence (odds ratio=.52, p=.05; OR=.41, p=.05, respectively) one year post-release. Participants assigned to the intervention spent 29 fewer days in jail compared with those in the control group (p=.05). Compared to non-CBO visitors, those who visited the CBO were more likely to have attended school or found work in the year after release (OR=2.02, p=.01).
Journal of Adolescent Health
11.2010; Vol. 47; No. 5: P. 448-455; Nicholas Freudenberg, DrPH; Megha Ramaswamy, PhD, MPH; Jessie Daniels, PhD; Martha Crum, PhD; Danielle C. Ompad, PhD; David Vlahov, PhD
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