Nothing could be further from the truth. Every day, treatment programs around the country are proving that offender rehabilitation does work:
- In Alaska, a state-mandated sex offender treatment program has reported recidivism rates as low as 0% among offenders who completed the advanced stage of treatment
- A drama therapy project significantly reduced anger among a group of mentally disordered offenders—and the change lasted throughout the 3-month follow up
- In Delaware, 73% of substance abusers who participated in a therapeutic community were arrest-free after 18 months
These and hundreds of other treatment and educational programs are achieving impressive results with substance abusers, violent offenders, juveniles and, sex offenders. And as current fiscal conditions lead to our releasing more and more offenders back into the community, we need programs that work more than ever.
“Lock ’em up” and “three strikes” can produce desperate, unmanageable offenders who present a constant threat to correctional staffs and the community at large. It is also incredibly expensive: Incarcerating an offender for life costs over $1.2 million. Most offenders eventually are released. How can we better prepare them to live “on the outside,” avoid the problem behaviors that lead to new crimes and keep our communities safe?
Every issue of OPR profiles offender programs that work—and helps program administrators and treatment professionals document and build support for their successes, through program evaluation, networking and family assistance programs, and community and legislative outreach.
Today’s foremost experts offer practical guidance on what’s working—and what isn’t—in offender treatment and rehabilitation.
Drawing on leading authorities in counseling, corrections, mental health, addiction treatment, and the law, Offender Programs Report brings together innovative ideas and therapies for offender rehabilitation and treatment in both community and institutional settings. OPR profiles successful programs for substance abusers, sex offenders, mentally ill and developmentally disabled offenders, as well as a variety of other special offender populations—and offers practical assistance in implementing new programs and strengthening existing ones. Written by professionals for professionals, OPR is an essential resource for therapists and counselors, administrators and attorneys, probation and corrections professionals, researchers and educators.
OPR’s editors share their experience in applying cognitive, affective, behavioral, family and societal techniques to violent offenders ... substance abusers ... sex offenders ... female offenders ... gay/lesbian/bisexual/transsexual populations ... the seriously mentally ill ... developmentally disabled ... neurologically impaired ... physically challenged ... self-mutilating ...suicidal ...terminally ill ... and lifers.
Manage programs more effectively.
In addition to coverage of rehabilitation and treatment, OPR offers proven strategies for managing offender programs more effectively. You’ll learn “best practice” approaches to program evaluation, contracting for services, managing scarce resources, improving classification, diagnostic and assessment protocols, and documenting efficacy and recidivism results.
Know your legal rights and responsibilities—and avoid liability.
From offender notification and registration laws to civil liability suits against programs and providers, the legal landscape of offender treatment is undergoing rapid change. OPR offers regular coverage of legal developments, including legislation and significant court cases, so you can prevent or successfully defend against expensive lawsuits. Do sex offenders have a right to treatment? When is the reporting of past crimes mandatory and what constitutes adequate compliance? What are the rules of confidentiality when the patient is a convicted offender? You’ll find the answers in OPR.
Stay current with the flood of research.
With a specialized research staff constantly monitoring relevant literature and research, OPR regularly evaluates the massive research on offender therapy and rehabilitation, sorts out the truly practical from the academic and narrowly focused, and presents only the most useful results for those charged with implementing correctional and community-based offender programs.
Included with your print and online subscription: Access to Offender Programs Report online and Offender Substance Abuse Report online archive—eight years of best-practices in substance use treatment programming.