An economic analysis of the in-prison therapeutic community model on prison management costs

Sheldon X. Zhang, Robert E.L. Roberts, Kathryn E. McCollister

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Abstract

This study estimated the impact of an in-prison, therapeutic community (TC) substance abuse treatment program on management costs in a California prison. A deconstruction method was developed to estimate the opportunity cost of staff time and other resources involved in various prison administrative tasks. Compared to "non-treatment" yards within the facility, the TC environment generated lower administrative costs for disciplinary actions, inmate grievances, and major disruptive incidents resulting in lockdowns. These findings suggest that, in addition to their intended rehabilitative outcomes, prison-based TCs may foster institutional environments that help to control prison management costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-395
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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