A Comparative Study of the Therapeutic Education System for Incarcerated Substance-Abusing Offenders

Michael Chaple, Stanley Sacks, Karen McKendrick, Lisa A. Marsch, Steven Belenko, Carl Leukefeld, Michael Prendergast, Michael French

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Abstract

Although many efficacious and cost-effective treatments have been established, very few substance-abusing offenders receive such treatment while incarcerated. This study compares the effectiveness of a computerized intervention, the Therapeutic Education System (TES), with Standard Care on measures of crime (including re-incarceration), drug use, and HIV risk behavior post prison release. Results show that TES and standard treatment were equally effective in reducing criminality, relapse to drug use, and HIV risk behavior. In prisons, where a majority of substance-using offenders do not receive treatment, identifying an equally effective high-volume alternative such as TES can greatly expand access to quality psychosocial interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-508
Number of pages24
JournalPrison Journal
Volume96
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

Keywords

  • computerized intervention
  • correctional settings
  • offenders
  • substance abuse treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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    Chaple, M., Sacks, S., McKendrick, K., Marsch, L. A., Belenko, S., Leukefeld, C., Prendergast, M., & French, M. (2016). A Comparative Study of the Therapeutic Education System for Incarcerated Substance-Abusing Offenders. Prison Journal, 96(3), 485-508. https://doi.org/10.1177/0032885516636858