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NCJ Number: 115113 Find in a Library
Title: Outcome Evaluation of a Prison Therapeutic Community for Substance Abuse Treatment: Preliminary Results
Author(s): H K Wexler; D S Lipton; K Foster
Corporate Author: National Development and Research Institute, Inc. (NDRI)
United States of America
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: National Development and Research Institute, Inc. (NDRI)
New York, NY 10010
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
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Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This evaluation of the Stay 'N Out Program in two New York State prisons (one male prison and one female prison) used a quasi-experimental design with two types of comparison groups: inmates who volunteered for the program but for administrative reasons never participated and similar inmates who participated in other types of prison drug abuse treatment programs with similar optimal time requirements.
Abstract: The program is a therapeutic community of selected inmates having substance abuse problems. Clients are housed in a unit separate from the general prison population. The male and female programs have operated for over 8 years. Parole outcome information was obtained for 1,626 male and 398 female participants. The treatment groups included all clients who had completed the program through February 28, 1984. The program reduced recidivism, and the time spent in the program was positively related to increases in time until arrest for those who did recidivate. Maximum treatment benefit was achieved by clients in treatment 9 to 12 months. Clients who remained more than 12 months showed some reduction in treatment benefit. The evaluation recommends ample support for such programs and the establishment of a strong re-entry phase after 1 year of in-prison treatment. 3 tables, 3 figures, 23 references.
Main Term(s): Inmate drug treatment
Index Term(s): New York; Treatment/Therapeutic Community
Note: Presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, San Diego, November 1985.
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