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NCJ Number: 157030 Find in a Library
Title: Life at the Interface: Issues in the Implementation and Evaluation of a Multiphased, Multiagency Jail-Based Treatment Program
Journal: Evaluation and Program Planning  Volume:17  Issue:2  Dated:(April-June 1994)  Pages:205-216
Author(s): A J Lurigio; J Swartz
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 12
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes some of the conceptual, methodological, and logistical impediments to sound evaluations of jail-based drug treatment programs.
Abstract: The authors focus on one particular program which has several features that affect the operations of many treatment programs in criminal justice settings and bear directly on the quality of evaluations of those programs: (1) The movement of participants into and out of a program may be determined largely by the exigencies of the host institution; (2) Client data may be difficult to obtain and collate because record-keeping for research purposes is usually given very low priority or it never occurs; (3) Follow-up services are often unavailable or are not properly accessed to achieve continuity of care; and (4) Several agencies may be involved in program operations, which can result in different interpretations about clients and interventions and a lack of overall communication among treatment providers. The authors conclude that the war on drugs will never be won if most of its weapons are based on enforcement or punishment. They suggest that treatment must be used in order to break the cycle of drug dependence and crime. Footnotes, references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Case management; Controlled Substances; Drug treatment; Drug treatment programs; Follow-up contacts; Inmate drug treatment
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