Offender Drug Abuse and Recidivism: An Access to Recovery by Michael A Seredycz

By Michael A Seredycz

Seredycz tracks 434 offenders of a federally funded Access to Recovery (ATR) software coordinated by way of the Substance Abuse and psychological health and wellbeing prone management and a jurisdiction pointed out as Lake urban. He examines offender's aid of alcohol and different drug abuse (AODA), recidivism and obstacles to reintegration. Self-reported high-risk drug offenders had a better probability of software failure and illegal activity. Offenders who voluntarily remained in remedy have been extra profitable closing abstinent and likely to desist from criminality. Faith-based programming was once no longer came across to be a good predictor in expanding therapy results nor, decreasing an offender's chance of recidivism. Case managers play an important function in deciding on an offender's good fortune in AODA therapy and chance of being incarcerated

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2003). Case management has been particularly effective with female drug offenders (Siefert and Pimlott, 2001). In their analysis of the Bay Area Services Network (BASN), a parolee services systems model, more contact with case managers significantly predicted fewer days of drug use and fewer property related crimes. , 2005). , 1999). , 1995). Research confirms the importance of regular drug testing of the substance abusing offender as part of an overall strategy to monitor compliance with criminal justice and treatment conditions (Austin and McLelland, 1994).

This was a reduction from 30% of participants in 1991 (Beck, 2000). Of the soon to be released group (using drugs in the month prior to incarceration), 18% participated in treatment since prison admission while 22% of alcohol abusers participated (Beck, 2000:5). Therefore, the high rates of substance abuse and relapse and the difficulty of accessing effective treatment (both while in custody and in the community) greatly complicated reintegration. , 2002). The concern about the connections between criminal justice policy and drug treatment policy was brought into focus by two distinct research findings made by Harrison (2001).

An offender’s propensity to return to drinking and using drugs has a direct correlation with criminal activity (Tonry and Wilson, 1990). Therefore, many scholars and practitioners have argued that it is critical that offenders who leave prison must have immediate access to programs for a continuity of care to assist in both reducing the likelihood of AODA abuse and criminal recidivism. , 2001:73). Between 1980 and 2003, the number of inmates in the United States has also quadrupled thereby adding more strain to an already overburdened and overpopulated criminal justice system.

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