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NCJ Number: 250862 Find in a Library
Title: Reentry Programming for Opioid and Opiate Involved Female Offenders: Findings From a Mixed Methods Evaluation
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:46  Dated:September 2016  Pages:129-136
Author(s): H. V. Miller; J. M. Miller; J. C. Barnes
Date Published: September 2016
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2011-RW-BX-0008
Document: HTML
Type: Program/Project Description; Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A mixed methods design that used qualitative interviews and a quasi-experimental design were used to both determine program effectiveness and explore women's narratives regarding their addiction and incarceration.
Abstract: Findings from a quasi-experimental design indicate that program participation significantly reduced recidivism, as did marital status. Qualitative interview findings suggest that the licit use of prescription opioid medication preceded heroin dependency in many cases, which resulted in related criminality. Focus group interviews also indicated that participants responded positively to programming but had variable levels of self-efficacy. The study concludes that reentry programs designed for male offenders can also reduce recidivism among female offenders. America's burgeoning heroin epidemic has the potential for significant costs for local criminal justice systems as more lower level drug offenders are sentenced to jails instead of State prisons. (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA); Drug abuse; Drug treatment programs; Female offenders; Heroin; Opioids; Reentry
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