Profiles of Co-Disordered Drug Offenders and Sex Offenders in Prison-Based TC Treatment

Nena Messina, UCLA Drug Abuse Research Center
William M. Burdon, UCLA Drug Abuse Research Center
Garo Hagopian, UCLA Drug Abuse Research Center
Michael Prendergast, University of California at Los Angeles

The extent to which traditional therapeutic community (TC) methods meet the specialized treatment needs of co-disordered men and women, including drug-dependent sex offenders, in prison is largely unknown. Very little research has been conducted specifically with these populations. The purposes of this study are to generate profiles of co-disordered drug offenders and drug-dependent sex offenders entering TC treatment in prison and to explore their post-release reincarceration rates, compared with non-disordered drug offenders in the same TCs. Extensive intake interview data for over 7,000 men and women who have received treatment in one of 16 prison-based TCs in California will be analyzed to produce profiles of co-disordered and sex-offending program participants. Intake data come from a five-year process and outcome evaluation of the California Department of Corrections' (CDC) Treatment expansion initiative. Post-release return to custody rates come from the CDC's Offender Based Information System (IS). Future exploration from this study will provide valuable information on the types of services and approaches that should be emphasized when treating co-disordered drug offenders and drug-dependent sex offenders in prison-based TCs.

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Updated 05/20/2006