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NCJRS Celebrates National Library Week April 12-18

National Library Week

Started in 1958, National Library Week is a nationwide observance celebrated by all types of libraries - including the NCJRS Virtual Library. NCJRS invites you to explore the breadth and scope of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection and services. With more than 220,000 collection documents and 60,000 online resources, including all known Office of Justice Programs works, it is one of the world’s largest criminal justice special collections.

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NCJ Number: NCJ 188512     Find in a Library
Title: Assessing Therapeutic Integrity in Modified-Therapeutic Communities for Drug-Involved Offenders
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Author(s): Faye S. Taxman ; Jeffrey A. Bouffard
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 35
  Series: NIJ Research Report
  Annotation: This study assessed therapeutic integrity in modified-therapeutic communities for drug-involved offenders.
Abstract: Many recent evaluations had suggested that Therapeutic Community (TC) programs, particularly those followed by aftercare treatment, could be effective in reducing drug use and recidivism. Despite the successes of the well-established programs, there was a need to examine the implementation (therapeutic integrity) of many newer programs labeled therapeutic communities. This paper describes a combined evaluation methodology (observations, interviews, and official data collection) developed to assess implementation of specific services offered during the residential component of six recently opened TC programs housed in short-term jail settings. The paper presents pilot data gathered with the combination of techniques, in order to outline areas for future research related to in-prison treatment services. The paper also discussed the benefits of using a systematic social observation technique in evaluating offender treatment programs. The paper observes that more attention must be paid to the match between the approaches to residential and aftercare services. The lack of coordination between residential and aftercare service providers contributes to the difficulty in offering a seamless program of care for prison-based drug treatment clients released to the community. Notes, tables, references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Drug treatment programs ; Treatment/Therapeutic Community ; Drug treatment ; Controlled Substances ; Post-release programs ; Inmate drug treatment ; Treatment techniques ; Treatment effectiveness ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
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Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 98-RT-VX-K001
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: This paper is to be published in the Prison Journal, December 2001.
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