Treating Drug-Involved Prisoners: Implications for Drug Control and Community Safety

James A. Inciardi, University of Delaware
Steven S. Martin, University of Delaware
Clifford A. Butzin, University of Delaware

With continually growing numbers of drug-involved offenders in the criminal justice system, substance abuse treatment may be a critical part of the overall correctional process. A multistage therapeutic community treatment system, corresponding to the client's changing correctional status, had been implemented in the Delaware correctional system, with a centerpiece of treatment during the transition from prison. Treatment participants in the program have significantly lower rates of relapse to drug use and criminal recidivism 5 years after release. These outcome data suggest that the widespread implementation of such treatment programs would bring about significant reductions in both drug use and related crime and the substantial associated costs.

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Updated 05/20/2006