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Correctional Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Communities

Reducing Recidivism Through Behavior Change, 1st Edition

By Jennifer A. Pealer


178 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Drawing on original research on the effectiveness of a therapeutic community (TC) in reducing recidivism among juvenile male offenders, Correctional Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Communities: Reducing Recidivism Through Behavior Change provides a comprehensive review of the current state of drug treatment for the offending population, especially the link between juvenile offending and substance abuse. The book assesses the factors predicting successful completion of treatment as well as the methodological limitation of previous TC program reviews, and suggests policy implication and routes for future research.

Using improvements such as multiple outcome criteria, long-term follow-up, matching groups on risk and needs, and the employment of a standardized instrument to measure program quality, Correctional Rehabilitation assesses the degree to which participation in the TC affects antisocial attitudes and reduces delinquency. Readers will explore how TCs can be designed to influence adolescent drug offenders and ultimately reduce recidivism. This book is essential reading for students, researchers, practitioners, and other stakeholders focusing on the development of treatment programs.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The "Just Say No" War on Drugs Campaign, Juvenile Drug Use, and the Juvenile Crime Problem

Chapter 2: Combatting Juvenile Crime and Drug Use

Chapter 3: A Quasi-Experimental Research Design to Determine Effectiveness of a Therapeutic Community for Juvenile Offenders

Chapter 4: Did Participation in the Therapeutic Community Affect Outcomes?

Chapter 5: What it All Means? Summary, Conclusions, and Policy Implications


Appendix A: Data Collection Instruments

Appendix B: Tables

Appendix C: Program Integrity Measures

About the Author

Jennifer Pealer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at East Tennessee State University, where she teaches courses in corrections, juvenile justice and statistics. Prior to joining ETSU, she was a Senior Policy Analyst with Council of State Governments Justice Center, where she assisted multiple states implement justice reinvestment legislation. She was also the Assistant Commissioner of Research and Program Development for the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority, where she was responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing evidence-based practices, programs, and training agendas. Dr. Pealer has served as a consultant to many correctional programs throughout the United States by providing training and technical assistance in offender risk/need instruments and effective practices in risk reduction and techniques for changing offending behavior. She has published articles in the field of correctional rehabilitation and public opinion on crime and correctional issues. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in criminal justice from East Tennessee State University and her Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology