Project Greenlight was a prison-based reentry program developed by the Vera Institute of Justice in 2000–2001 that was associated with negative program effects. This article reviews the basics of the program and the results of the evaluation, along with more recent evidence, and then discusses what the evaluation says about correctional practices and programs. Lessons learned from Project Greenlight were both specific to corrections and more generally about program development. The evaluation of the Greenlight intervention highlighted some unintended consequences and provided some explanations about why negative program effects occurred. In so doing, the failures of the program have provided greater insights into some of the intricacies of correctional interventions and perhaps can inform future correctional practice.

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