The Impact of the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility on Post-Release Drug Use and Recidivism

David Farabee, University of California, Los Angeles
Michael Prendergast, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs
Jerome Cartier, University of California, Los Angeles

ABSTRACT
In 1997, the California Department of Corrections established the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (CSATF) in Corcoran, California. With a treatment capacity of 1,478, the CSATF is currently the largest in-prison therapeutic community in the state, and one of the largest in the country. The programs follow the therapeutic community model, modified for a prison environment. Unlike many prison-based treatment programs, the majority of inmates admitted to the program do so involuntarily. The present study reports on at recidivism and other outcomes for CSATF participants (n=404) and a matched non-treatment comparison group (n=404). Outcomes are based on both official records and self-report data. Where possible both types of data were combined to maximize detection of drug use and criminal behaviors during the 12-month follow-up period.

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