Prisoners Complain About Drug Treatment Programmes

A recent study on the in-prison drug treatment program at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego County found that only 16% of its inmates who also completed an after-care program came back into the system within two years of their release. State wide, the recidivism rate is about 70%.

“You’ll get a lot of complaining in the first 30 to 60 days, then things will settle down, if the programme is good,” said Douglas Anglin, director of the UCLA Drug Abuse Research Centre. When you follow them up five years later, coerced clients, in every well-designed study, they do better than voluntary clients. These are very well-established findings.”

Source: Reported in Join Together May 1999

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