Institutional drug programs
This 3-hour program discusses the strengths and weaknesses of 12-step programs and how they integrate with "what works" in the correctional field. The following topics are addressed:
- Enhancing communication and cooperation and supporting the appropriate use of 12-step programs;
- Recognizing the benefits of 12-step programs throughout the criminal justice system;
- Understanding how the mission of 12-step programs complements the goal of corrections;
- Special issues with 12-step programs -- legal and mandatory participation and conflicting research and literature;
- And implementing what has been learned.
Results from projects implementing new strategies for drug interdiction within an institutional setting are presented. This compilation includes findings from final evaluation reports provided by Maryland, California, Kansas, New York, and Florida.
This report is required reading for any agency seeking to develop effective education and/or substance abuse programming. Sections of this publication include: introduction; current conditions—the prison population is growing despite decrease in crime; effective correctional programming; education provides opportunities; education impacts recidivism; effective educational program principles; substance abuse programs save tax dollars; effective substance abuse treatment program principles; evidence-based substance abuse treatment practices; cost to benefit; and conclusion.