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NCJ Number: 169251 Find in a Library
Title: Prison Drug Treatment Programs Are Effective (From Illegal Drugs, P 80-86, 1998, Charles P. Cozic, ed. - See NCJ-169238)
Author(s): D Weikel
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter evaluates Amity and other prison drug treatment programs.
Abstract: Prison drug treatment programs include encounter groups that encourage prisoners to study the roots of their drug problems and that teach them to become drug-free. The success of a few of these programs, which have significantly reduced both illegal drug use and reincarceration rates, has spurred an expansion of drug treatment programs in prisons. One of the successful programs discussed in this chapter is the Amity program at Donovan, a medium-security prison east of San Diego, CA. It is a therapeutic community where 220 participants share a dormitory, dining facilities and recreation areas for 9 to 12 months. Upon release from prison, graduating parolees can volunteer to continue taxpayer-funded counseling at Amity┬Žs residential off-site program in north San Diego County. At both facilities convicts are required to attend a program of seminars and encounter groups that attempt to dissect, with brutal honesty, what caused their substance abuse and criminal behavior. The California Department of Corrections estimates that, if Amity treats 2,100 inmates over 7 years at a cost of $1.5 million a year, taxpayers would recoup the program's expenses and save $4.7 million in prison costs as the result of reduced recidivism.
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): California; Drug treatment programs; Exemplary programs; Inmate drug treatment; Program design; Program evaluation; Recidivism; Services effectiveness; Voluntary treatment
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