An Evaluation of the Gender Appropriateness of a Drug Treatment Program: What Makes a Program Gender Appropriate

Arthur H. Garrison, Delaware Criminal Justice Council

The Delaware Criminal Justice Council received a grant from the National Institute of Justice to conduct a process evaluation to assess the gender appropriateness of a Therapeutic Community model used at the Baylor Women's Correctional Institute (Baylor) and the CREST North and South TC treatment programs. Baylor is a level V women's prison, CREST North is a TC treatment work release program and CREST South is a TC work release program housed on the campus of the Sussex Correctional Institution (a level V prison). A Level V prison is one in which the facility is secured and prisoners do not have the capacity to leave. Level V prisons hold people who sentenced to more than one-year incarceration for the commission of misdemeanors or felonies. The evaluation included the use of data analysis on the 1999 key program at Baylor, individual interviews with the women currently participating in the Baylor Key program, curriculum analysis and focus groups with the participants in the Baylor, CREST North and CREST South treatment programs. The goal of the research and interviews was 1. To assess what the participants thought about the program; and 2. To determine if the women thought the programs met their needs specifically based on gender.

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