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  NCJ Number: NCJ 197057     Find in a Library
  Title: Breaking the Cycle: Technical Report
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Rachel Porter
  Corporate Author: Vera Institute of Justice
United States of America
  Date Published: 08/2002
  Page Count: 23
  Annotation: This report describes outcomes from three phases of Pennsylvania’s Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) program, comparing RSAT program participants and a group of technical parole violators who returned to prison after violating parole.
  Abstract: The second of three reports produced by the Vera Institute of Justice on Pennsylvania’s Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) program, this document describes outcomes from the three phases of the RSAT program by comparing program participants with a group of technical parole violators who returned to prison after violating parole. After asserting that there is often a direct relationship between criminal activity and substance abuse, the author describes the RSAT program, designed to combat drug abuse among inmates scheduled for parole. Comprising three phases, structured treatment sessions, community correction center monitoring, and release into the community, the RSAT program is designed to provide structure and support for inmates in order to reduce parole violations. Following descriptions of RSAT program participants, indicating that most participants are Black, unmarried, and in their thirties, the author presents the program outcomes. A comparison between RSAT program participants and technical parole violators indicates that the RSAT program does not threaten public safety and the high rate of return to custody of RSAT program participants indicates the likelihood of inmates completing the program, leading to increased levels of parolee rehabilitation. Tables, bibliography
  Main Term(s): Parolees ; Parole effectiveness
  Index Term(s): Drug abuse ; Inmate Programs ; Program evaluation ; Drug treatment programs ; Pennsylvania
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 99-RT-VX-K014
  Sale Source: Vera Institute of Justice
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  Type: Report (Study/Research)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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