Drug Rehab for Women in California Prisons: More Programs, But the Programs Are Getting Shorter
From the CDCR press release, here’s a video on a new drug rehab program designed for women, launched this week and expected to include 175 inmates at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla:
The Trauma-Informed Substance Abuse Program (TI-SAT) is part of a CDCR initiative, begun in 2005, to develop programs tailored to the needs of juvenile and adult women in prison and on parole. Participants are encouraged to continue treatment after their release, and CDCR claims that participants who complete both in-prison and community-based treatment have a 16.5% recidivism rate (as compared to 43.7% for all female offenders in CDCR).
However, because of budget cuts, the program introduced this week at Chowchilla is actually a much truncated version of the pilot TI-SAT program launched in 2008 at the Leo Chesney Community Correctional Facility. Says CDCR:
Due to budget reductions in adult rehabilitation programs, CDCR is using a 90-day treatment program rather than the six-month program at Leo Chesney. A new 90-day treatment model for male inmates is also being phased in at nine additional prisons to replace CDCR’s previous substance abuse programs that ranged from six to 36 months in length. The shorter treatment model will enable CDCR to still serve 8,450 inmates with substance abuse treatment annually. The department’s new model was developed in consultation with the UC San Diego, Center for Criminality & Addiction Research, Training & Application.