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NCJ Number: 50201 Find in a Library
Title: HALFWAY HOUSE IS NOT A HOME - NOTES ON THE FAILURE OF A NARCOTIC REHABILITATION PROJECT
Journal: DRUG FORUM  Volume:4  Issue:1  Dated:(1974)  Pages:7-13
Author(s): G GEIS
Corporate Author: Baywood Publishing Co, Inc.
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Baywood Publishing Co, Inc.
Amityville, NY 11701
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: IN A TIGHTLY CONTROLLED STUDY, THE EAST LOS ANGELES HALFWAY HOUSE PROGRAM FOR PAROLED ADDICT FELONS FAILED TO REDUCE CRIMINALITY AFTER RELEASE WHEN COMPARED WITH NONPARTICIPATING PAROLEES.
Abstract: THE 116 MEMBERS OF THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP WHICH PARTICIPATED IN THE REHABILITATION PROGRAM DURING ITS INITIAL 3-YEAR RESEARCH PHASE WERE INVOLVED IN SUBSEQUENT DRUG USE AND/OR OTHER CRIMINAL ACTIVITY TO AN EXTENT EQUAL TO THAT EXPERIENCED BY A CONTROL GROUP OF 109 PAROLEES WHO HAD RECEIVED NORMAL PAROLE SUPERVISION. AFTER HAVING BEEN OUT OF PRISON FOR AT LEAST 1 YEAR, ONLY 28 PERCENT OF THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP AND 31 PERCENT OF THE CONTROL GROUP HAD NOT BEEN DETECTED USING DRUGS AND HAD NOT BEEN INCARCERATED FOR 90 DAYS OR MORE. THE ARTICLE EXAMINES THE PROGRAM DESIGN, THE HOUSE STRUCTURE AND LOCATION, AND VARIOUS PROGRAM COMPONENTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISCOVERING WHY THE PROGRAM FAILED. NO ONE FACTOR ADEQUATELY EXPLAINS THE PROGRAM'S FAILURE. THE RESENTMENT OF RESIDENTS, HOWEVER, REGARDING THEIR ASSIGNMENT TO THE FACILITY SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN AN IMPORTANT DETERRENT TO ITS SUCCESS. THE DECISION TO INCLUDE ONLY ADDICTS AMONG THE RESIDENTS APPEARS QUESTIONABLE, AS DOES THE DECISION TO INCLUDE ONLY MALES. IT IS SUGGESTED ALSO THAT MEXICAN-AMERICANS AS AN ADDICT OFFENDER GROUP PARTICULARLY MAY BE RESISTANT TO THIS TYPE OF PROGRAM. IN ADDITION, THE THERAPEUTIC VALUE OF THE HALFWAY HOUSE CONCEPT IS QUESTIONED. REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED. (MPK)
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; California; Drug offenders; Drug treatment programs; Halfway houses; Involuntary treatment; Parolees; Probation or parole services
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