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In-Prison Substance Abuse Treatment— A Look Behind the Curtain  

Author:  Richard Krupp.

Source: Volume 05, Number 05, September/October 2005 , pp.65-68(4)

Offender Substance Abuse Report

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Over the last 10 years, the California Department of Corrections (CDC) has expanded its in-prison substance abuse program (SAP) to accommodate up to 9,000 inmates and more than 2,000 parolees. The annual budget for this program is about $150 million, and the established model calls for inmates to participate in a nine-month therapeutic community (TC) program followed by 150 days of aftercare upon release to parole. How do the inmates who are part of the substance abuse programs feel about the treatment they receive? And how do their attitudes translate into aftercare participation and outcome? These are the questions addressed through a recent survey described here.

Keywords: therapeutic treatment; best practices

Affiliations:  1: California Dept. of Corrections.

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