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NCJ Number: 168211 Find in a Library
Title: Assessment of Prison-Based Drug Treatment: Texas' In-prison Therapeutic Community Program
Journal: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation  Volume:24  Issue:3/4  Dated:(1997)  Pages:75-100
Author(s): K Knight; D D Simpson; L R Chatham; L M Camacho
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 26
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from 222 offenders who took part in the Texas In-prison Therapeutic Community (ITC) treatment process and a comparison group of 75 parolees who were eligible but not sent to the treatment program were compared to determine the effectiveness of the treatment.
Abstract: Results revealed that 80 percent of the inmates referred to the ITC during this study graduated and that program graduates demonstrated marked reductions in their criminal and drug use activity from the 6 months before entering prison to the 6 months after leaving prison. In addition, ITC graduates, particularly those who completed the first phase of their aftercare program, had lower relapse and recidivism rates in the 6 months after prison than did the parolees in the comparison sample. They also reported highly favorable opinions about both the program and the counselors. Findings strongly suggest that the community-based aftercare component is an integral part of the treatment continuum. Findings also indicated that measurable positive effects resulted from the inmate drug treatment implemented in Texas. Figures and 21 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Inmate drug treatment
Index Term(s): Services effectiveness; Texas; Treatment/Therapeutic Community
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