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Print and Digital Version of the Offender Reintegration Scale

About the Assessment

Author: John J. Liptak, EdD
© 2016

This unique self-scoring assessment identifies the challenges offenders will face upon release and re-entry into society. It measures barriers in the following categories:

  • basic needs
  • job search
  • family
  • wellness
  • career development

With this tool, counselors and administrators can quickly identify individuals' major concerns. In addition, the Offender Reintegration Scale (ORS) can be used as both a pre-release and post-release measure.

The ORS helps offenders and ex-offenders identify potential barriers to successful re-entry, and helps them develop a plan for overcoming these barriers to become a successful, contributing member of society. Counselors and administrators can better prevent recidivism, institutions can access the success of rehabilitation efforts and programs, and ex-offenders can take the steps necessary to move forward.

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Step one and two of the Offender Reintegration Scale

Key Features and Benefits

  • An ideal tool for current and formerly incarcerated individuals.
  • No special training is required to administer or interpret the assessment.
  • Can be given to groups or individuals.
  • Available in print or online.
  • Includes a free Administrator's Guide.


In a survey of 151 individuals who completed this assessment online:

  • 91% said they felt more informed about their reintegration needs.
  • 83% said they gained strategies they could immediately implement to achieve their reintegration goals.
  • 95% said the assessment was easy to complete.
Digital Version of the Offender Reintegration Scale

Administer the Assessment in Print or Online

Select the format that works best for your clients’ or students' needs. The print version is ideal for in-person meetings and workshops and can be a helpful reference tool during one-on-one discussions.

The online version offers automated scoring and allows individuals to complete the assessment at home at their convenience. Results are immediately saved and provided to administrators. This option is ideal for serving or advising individuals who are unable to meet face-to-face.

Offender Reintegration Scale

Request a Sample or Quote

Interested in using this assessment in your program or curriculum? Contact your account manager more information.