There is a wide variety of treatment and rehabilitation programs. Some focus on building survival skills while others, such as boot camps, focus on "punishing smarter," and still others focus on dealing with drug and alcohol abuse problems. While all of these programs have the same goal of reducing recidivism and preventing future crime, they all are not equally effective and some may actually be harmful. As a result, it is important that policy makers and clinicians identify the characteristics of the programs that are effective and try to replicate those in future programs. In general, programs that follow the principles of effective intervention are most effective at lowering recidivism rates and therefore, reducing criminal involvement.
To prepare for this assignment:
Review Chapter 6 of the course text, American Corrections: Theory, Research, Policy, and Practice. Pay attention to specific treatment and prevention programs such as the "Nurse-Family Partnership" and "Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime." Consider how and why these programs have been able to reduce delinquency and crime. Also, reflect on the similarities and differences between these programs.
Review the article, "Assessing Correctional Rehabilitation: Policy, Practice, and Prospects." Reflect on why Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is a model rehabilitation program. Compare and contrast this program with the other programs you read about. Which program is most effective at reducing criminal and delinquent involvement?
Choose two treatment and rehabilitation programs from the course readings. Reflect on the main elements of each program and how they conform to the principles of effective intervention.
Consider the similarities and differences between the two programs you selected. Think about how each program affects inmates.
The assignment (1Ã¢â‚¬â€œ2 pages):
Compare (similarities and differences) the treatment and rehabilitation programs you selected. Be sure to address how each program impacts inmates.
Based on your comparison, explain at least one insight you gained or conclusion you drew about the treatment and rehabilitation programs used in the correctional system.
Support your Application Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are asked to provide a reference list only for those resources not included in the Learning Resources for this course.
Submit your assignment to the Dropbox by Day 7.