Department of Justice "Second Chance" grants help nonprofits and state and local agencies deliver services—like employment and housing assistance—to individuals reentering society after serving a prison sentence.
Grantees report data to DOJ—like how many program participants found jobs and housing after release. DOJ has published such data to highlight program successes and justify budgets, but didn't note other factors that could have influenced participants' success or what conclusions, if any, can be drawn about program effectiveness from the data.
We recommended that DOJ ensure its reports clearly identify performance data limitations.
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