Impact Evaluation of the Adolescent Behavioral Learning Experience (ABLE) Program at Rikers Island

Overview

The Vera Institute of Justice served as the independent evaluator of the nation’s first social impact bond—an innovative form of pay-for-success contracting that leverages private funding to finance public services—to fund the Adolescent Behavioral Learning Experience (ABLE) for youth at Rikers Island. Vera employed a quasi-experimental design to determine whether participation in the ABLE program led to reductions in recidivism for youth passing through the jail. Vera determined that the program did not lead to a reduction in recidivism for program participants.

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