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Evidence-Based Treatment of Offenders: Work Product of the 151st International Training Course

Publication year: 2012
“The ultimate goal of any correctional intervention is to prevent and reduce reoffending, and there is growing recognition that programmes solely based upon experience and intuition do not produce satisfactory results. Information about “what works,” generated through research or evaluation using accepted scientific methods, should guide the treatment of offenders. This is the essential philosophy of the “evidence-based approach.”

There are two major components to the evidence-based treatment of offenders: appropriate risk assessment and proper implementation of treatment programmes. First, the risk factor of each offender must be identified, and then programmes proved to be effective that correspond to the identified risk must be properly implemented. This programme offered participants an opportunity to deepen their understanding and share knowledge and experience on the subject of the evidence-based treatment of offenders” (p. v).

Visiting experts’ papers, participant and observers’ papers, and reports of the course found at this website are: “Risk/Needs Assessment: From Theory and Methods to Policy and Practice” by Laurence Louis Motiuk; “The Effectiveness, Efficiency and Relevancy of Correctional Programs: A System’s Perspective” by Motiuk; “The Evolution of Evidence-Based Correctional Programs in Canada” by Motiuk; “Overview of Correctional Programs in the U.S.A.” by Edward James Latessa; “Designing More Effective Correctional Programs Using Evidence-Based Practices” by Latessa; “Evaluating Correctional Programs” by Latessa; “The Introduction of Evidence-Based Practice within an Organization Undergoing Transformational Change” by Timothy Hee Sun Leo; “Current Evidence-Based Practices in the Singapore Prison Service” by Leo; “Using Evidence-Based Knowledge to Create an Offender Throughcare System” by Leo; “’Reception and Orientation Commission” As A Prison Reform Measure to Improve Offenders’ Treatment in Morocco” by Abderahim Rahouti; “Overview of the Correctional Department in Morocco” by Rahouti; “Evidence-Based Treatment of Offenders: Risks and Needs Assessment and Management Protocol for Offenders in the Correctional Services Department of Hong Kong” by Chun-kit Lawrence Chow; “Risk Assessment of Offenders in Korea—For a Successful Evidence-Based Treatment” by Jong-won Yoon; “Overview Paper: Introducing the Korean Correctional System” by Yoon; “Risk/Needs Assessment of Offenders”; and “Evidence-Based Offender Treatment Programme”.