Prison and Substance Abuse Treatment: Exploring Different Career Models

Faye S. Taxman, University of Maryland at College Park
Meredith Thanner, University of Maryland at College Park

The relationship between treatment-employment-criminal careers has seldom been addressed. Generally the perception is that the substance-abusing offender is unlikely to be employable. Using data on a small sample of offenders, the researchers outlined a conceptual framework for different types of offenders and career paths. An examination of the treatment-employment-criminal careers will identify the varying programmatic needs of offenders. These paths have certain implications for different types of prison-based programs focused on improving the livelihood of offenders in the community.

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Updated 05/20/2006