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The Effectiveness of Community-Based Programs for Chemically Dependent Offenders
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (2000)
  • Laura J. Hickman, Portland State University
  • Chanchalat Chanhatasilpa, University of Maryland - College Park
  • Doris L. MacKenzie
An assessment of 15 community-based outpatient treatment programs for chemically dependent adult offenders was undertaken using the format of the University of Maryland's 1997 report to the US Congress. The review finds less optimism about the effectiveness of this type of drug treatment than previous reviews. The assessment of these studies indicated that programs that increase the supervision, monitoring, or control over offenders in the community are not effective in reducing recidivism. There is insufficient evidence to determine whether outpatient treatment alone, specific components of the treatment (such as acupuncture), or aspects of the treatment (intensity) are effective in reducing criminal activity. Outpatient treatment designed as aftercare to prison-based therapeutic communities (TCs) is shown to be effective. However, it is unclear whether this is the effect of the TC, the length of treatment, or the combination of the TC and the aftercare.
  • Substance abuse -- Treatment -- Evaluation,
  • Recidivism -- Prevention,
  • Drug addicts -- Treatment
Publication Date
December, 2000
Citation Information
Laura J. Hickman, Chanchalat Chanhatasilpa and Doris L. MacKenzie. "The Effectiveness of Community-Based Programs for Chemically Dependent Offenders" Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment Vol. 19 Iss. 4 (2000)
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