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NCJ Number: 183457 Find in a Library
Title: Reducing Offender Drug Use Through Prison-Based Treatment
Journal: National Institute of Justice Journal  Dated:July 2000  Pages:20-23
Series: NIJ Journal
Editor(s): Jolene Hernon
Date Published: July 2000
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Grant Number: 97-RT-VX-K015; 97-RT-VX-K010; 97-RT-VX-K020; 97-RT-VX-K014; 97-RT-VX-K001; 97-RT-VX-K006
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses reducing offender drug use through prison-based treatment.
Abstract: More than 1.9 million American adults were in Federal prisons, State prisons, and local jails at midyear 1999. More than half of these prisoners said they had used drugs in the month before their offense, 16 percent said they had committed their offense to get money for drugs, and two-thirds were actively involved with drugs prior to their incarceration. The article claims that these statistics could change if inmates with substance abuse problems were treated. In light of these statistics, Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which directs the Department of Justice to support States in their efforts to provide treatment to offenders by making funds available for the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) for State Prisoners Formula Grant Program. The RSAT initiative uses therapeutic community, cognitive skills/behavior, and a 12-step abstinence and support process used by groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Preliminary indications are that the RSAT initiative has helped States increase their substance abuse treatment capacity within correctional facilities. In addition, development of screening and assessment tools that identify inmates suitable for the program has resulted in better use of correctional resources. The article contains data on RSAT evaluation reports from 11 states and one national evaluation. Notes
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Controlled Substances; Drug abuse in correctional facilities; Drug treatment programs; Drug-abusing inmates; Federal programs; Grants or contracts; Inmate drug treatment; Treatment techniques; Violent Crime Control and Enforcement Act
Note: Additional Grants: 97-RT-VX-K004; DA06124; 97-RT-VX-K007; 97-RT-VX-K008; 98-RT-VX-K013; 97-RT-VX-K002
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