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Illinois Experiments with Prisons Devoted Entirely to Substance Abuse Treatment

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The Crime Report has posted this article about an interesting prison experiment in Illinois: a medium-security facility dedicated entirely to substance abuse issues. Admittance to the Sheridan Correctional Center is voluntary, and those convicted of murder or sex offenses are ineligible. Inmates spend three hours a day in treatment, in addition to job training and other activities. To me, the most interesting quote in the story was this one, highlighting the difference between this prison model and the more bare-bones, human warehouse model that has become common around the country:

Brian Boothe, 36, a drug offender from Bloomington, knew he was in a different prison setting when he attended his first counseling session.

“It looks like a prison facility but what threw me for a loop was when somebody called me a ‘client.’ Just that respect alone woke me up,” said Boothe, who is set to be released later this year and is considering a career as a counselor.

Also of interest is this companion piece, in which Edith Brany-Lunny describes the challenges she faced in reporting and writing this story.

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March 30, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Drug Rehab for Women in California Prisons: More Programs, But the Programs Are Getting Shorter

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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.

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January 28, 2010 at 1:42 pm

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