Treating Technical Parole Violators in Pennsylvania: Outcomes From an RSAT Evaluation

Rachel Porter, The Vera Institute of Justice

Findings from a three-year outcome evaluation of the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) program in Pennsylvania. The RSAT program is designed for technical parole violators (TPV), a population that accounts for an increasing percentage of the state correctional population, and is the first corrections-based program targeting this group in the state. The three-phase program consists of six months of intensive treatment in a prison-based therapeutic community followed by six months community corrections living and intensive outpatient care, and, six months of outpatient participation while on parole. The evaluation includes both process and outcome findings for each phase of programming. Implementation findings include descriptive information on the treatment sample, the treatment programs and correctional and parole supervision. Researchers will present data on RSAT participants for up to thirty months after release from state prison for return to custody. This treatment group (n=412) is compare with a matched group of technical parole violators who were not placed in RSAT (n=288) and were released from state incarceration during the same period as the treatment group. Outcome findings will include rates of retention, rates of return to custody, period of time at risk and reason for return. The presentation will conclude with a discussion about the benefits and challenges of providing corrections-based drug treatment.

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Updated 05/20/2006