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NCJ Number: 229610 Find in a Library
Title: Programs that Help Offenders Stay Out of Prison
Author(s): Carl Nink; Steve MacDonald
Corporate Author: MTC Institute
United States of America
Date Published: July 2009
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: MTC Institute
Centerville, UT 84014
Sale Source: MTC Institute
500 North Marketplace Drive
P.O. Box 10
Centerville, UT 84014
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report examines corrections programs that aid in the prevention of offenders reentering prison with a focus on education and substance abuse treatment programs.
Abstract: The most meaningful, long-range measure of any prison’s real effectiveness is the success in reducing the number of offenders who are reincarcerated once they are released. Sound correctional practice demands the inclusion of a variety of programs to address the many needs of the inmate population. This report focuses on education and substance abuse treatment, areas that have been extensively researched and provide evidence of effectiveness. Educational and substance abuse programs quickly pay for themselves in lower costs of community policing, prosecution, and incarceration. Research shows the effectiveness of these programs offering a better return on prison investments. However, for educational and treatment programs to succeed, upper prison management must support these programs and ensure that inmates are actively engaged in these interventions. The principles of an effective educational and substance abuse treatment program are outlined and include: assessment, structure and intensity, cognitive focus, duration and continuity, and aftercare. Figures, charts, appendixes, and endnotes
Main Term(s): Inmate Programs
Index Term(s): Corrections education; Corrections effectiveness; Inmate drug treatment; Inmate Education Assistance Programs; Recidivism; Rehabilitation; Social reintegration
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