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NCJ Number: 120653 Find in a Library
Title: Wisconsin Drug Abuse Treatment Unit
Author(s): D K Willoughby
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Contract Number: OJP-89-M-198
Document: PDF
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Wisconsin Drug Abuse Treatment Unit (DATU) has a record of successfully reducing recidivism among hard-core felony offenders by combining the structure and principles of the therapeutic community drug treatment model with the personality developed by Yochelson and Samenow.
Abstract: The therapeutic community regards drug abuse as a deviant behavior, the recovery from which is the individual's responsibility; this can be achieved through compliance, conformity, and commitment. The theory of criminal personality outlines a three-stage process through which offenders recognize their thinking errors, learn to distinguish functional from dysfunctional thoughts, and train themselves to apply correctives for each thinking error. The inmates at DATU are carefully screened to fit the program parameters. The program itself consists of four resident statuses; in each phase, tools for confronting and correcting dysfunctional and disruptive behavior are employed. As measured by the percentage of parsticipants who reenter the Wisconsin criminal justice system, the DATU can be an effective program for rehabilitating this category of offender. 4 references
Main Term(s): Drug treatment programs
Index Term(s): Recidivism; Wisconsin
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