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NCJ Number: 220967 Find in a Library
Title: Multisite Evaluation of Prison-Based Therapeutic Community Drug Treatment
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior: An International Journal  Volume:34  Issue:11  Dated:November 2007  Pages:1481-1498
Author(s): Wayne N. Welch
Date Published: November 2007
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167
Grant Number: 99-CE-VX-0009;1999/2000-DS-011188
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A quasi-experimental study examined multiple postrelease outcomes up to 2 years for inmates who participated in therapeutic community (TC) drug treatment programs or comparison groups at five State prisons.
Abstract: Results support previous findings regarding significant reductions in recidivism because of participation in prison therapeutic community (TC) drug treatment. However, in contrast to previous studies, prison TC exerted strong, significant treatment effects independently of community aftercare. The effects of prison TC drug treatment were not unqualified. TC significantly lowered the likelihood of re-incarceration and rearrest but not drug relapse. Postrelease employment emerged as the strongest predictor of reincarceration and rearrest, whereas rearrest was reduced only for older offenders who were employed fulltime or unemployed but able to work. Future research should explore how both individual and programmatic variations influence treatment outcomes and explore why prison-based drug treatment seems to have stronger effects on criminal behavior than drug-using behavior. It has been argued that prison TC does not produce significant treatment effects unless the continuum of care is completed by community aftercare treatment. One objective of this study was to examine the effects of prison TC drug treatment in a sample that did not receive mandatory community aftercare. A second objective was to examine to what degree outcomes varied across different measures and sites. It was predicted that the level of outcomes would be better for the treatment group than the comparison group and that treatment effects would be consistent across different prisons in the same State using the same TC framework and philosophy. Tables, figure, notes, and references
Main Term(s): Treatment/Therapeutic Community
Index Term(s): Corrections effectiveness; Drug offenders; Drug treatment; Drug treatment programs; Drug-abusing inmates; Inmate drug treatment; Recidivism statistics; Treatment effectiveness
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