Home > Prison therapeutic community no better than counseling.

[Drug and Alcohol Findings] (2017) Prison therapeutic community no better than counseling. London: Drug and Alcohol Findings. Drug and Alcohol Findings (21 July 2017) 7 p.

[img]
Preview
PDF (Prison therapeutic community no better than counselling)
112kB

For the first time in a prison setting a randomised trial rigorously compared intensive residential therapeutic community treatment to outpatient counselling. Confounding expectations, the US prison for problem drug users which hosted the study gained nothing in terms of preventing recidivism by allocating even high-risk prisoners to the more intensive treatment.

In a rare randomised trial, the featured analysis attempted not just to establish the effectiveness of a US prison therapeutic community relative to outpatient treatment, but also what types of inmates may differentially benefit from these modalities.

Key points from summary and commentary
• In a US prison for problem drug users nearly all new arrivals joined a study which for the first time in a prison setting rigorously compared intensive residential therapeutic community treatment to outpatient counselling.
• Over a three-year post-release follow-up period no extra reduction in reimprisonment was found from the intensive option.
• The same finding emerged among prisoners at the highest risk of re-offending, confounding expectations that the more intensive treatment would be particularly suitable for these offenders


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Review
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder treatment method, AOD disorder harm reduction, Psychosocial treatment method
Source:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Date:21 July 2017
Pages:7 p.
Publisher:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Place of Publication:London
Number:21 July 2017
EndNote:View
Related URLs:
Subjects:HJ Treatment method > Counselling
HJ Treatment method > Treatment outcome
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Treatment factors
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Residential facility
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Prison-based health service
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Correctional system and facility > Prison
T Demographic characteristics > Prison Inmate (prisoner)
T Demographic characteristics > Offender
VA Geographic area > United States

Repository Staff Only: item control page