Offender Programs Report
Social and Behavioral Rehabilitation in Prisons, Jails and the Community
Online Archive

Editors: Kevin Knight, Ph.D., Russ Immarigeon, MSW & David Farabee, Ph.D.

“Nothing works.”

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.

For twenty-one years, from 1997 to 2017, Offender Progams Report profiled offender programs that work—helping 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.  The report's best work since 1999 is now preserved in this online archive, accessible either on a pay-per-article basis or through an annual subscription.

“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?

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.

With a specialized research staff constantly monitoring relevant literature and research, OPR 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.

Your annual subscription includes access to Offender Programs Report online and Offender Substance Abuse Report online archive, eight years of best-practices in substance use treatment programming.

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Understanding and Treating Adolescent Substance Use Disorders




Offender Programs Report
Format: Online Archive
ISSN: 1093-7439
E-ISSN: 2334-5713
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