Evaluation of Two Transition Centers for Justice-Involved Women in New Jersey


Through the support of the Reentry Coalition of New Jersey (RCNJ), CEPP’s National Resource Center on Justice-Involved Women (NRCJIW), in collaboration with Dr. Shelley Brown of Carleton University, is exploring the short-term impacts of two residential programs supporting justice-involved women as they transition to the community.

Our Approach

Research has shown that adopting gender-responsive and trauma-informed practices contributes to positive outcomes for impacted women.

The NRCJIW, in collaboration with Dr. Shelley Brown at Carleton University, will conduct a quantitative study exploring how gender- and trauma-informed approaches are being integrated into specific activities and services, such as assessment, case management, and treatment, in two residential programs for justice-involved women, and what the impact of those approaches is.

The Impact

This preliminary research will explore the short-term impacts of using gender-informed practices with justice-involved women in two residential settings. Consistent with the mission and values of NRCJIW, this information will be used to advance our understanding of policies and practices that facilitate the successful transition of women to the community. This project will also lay the groundwork for improvements to existing programs and provide a template for future research.