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NCJ Number: 149217 Find in a Library
Title: Nation's Largest Offender Treatment Initiative Is Underway in Texas
Journal: Corrections Alliance  Dated:(1994)  Pages:1,7
Corporate Author: Hazelden Resource for Substance Abuse Professionals
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: Hazelden Resource for Substance Abuse Professionals
Center City, MN 55012
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the Texas Criminal Justice Treatment Initiative, which will create 14,000 substance abuse treatment beds within the Texas prison system by 1996.
Abstract: The program is made possible through an unprecedented cooperation of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. The three major components of the program consist of the Treatment Alternatives to Incarceration program, a substantial increase in In-Prison Therapeutic Community beds (IPTC) for inmates preparing for release on parole, and 2,000 Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility program beds (SAFPF) for offenders eligible for probation. In the IPTC and SAFPF programs, substance abusers are immersed in the therapeutic community process and learn to model positive behaviors and attitudes. This experience helps inmates develop self-knowledge and needed living skills. Transitional work occurs in a halfway house and lasts from 1 to 3 months, followed by a year of outpatient support services. Though the Texas initiative is too recent to yield measurable success indicators, its representatives are optimistic about its success and cost effectiveness.
Main Term(s): Corrections resources
Index Term(s): Drug dependence; Drug treatment programs; Inmate drug treatment; Texas
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