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Correctional Substance Abuse Programs, While Few, Are Reasonably Efficient and Effective, Report No. 04-69, October 2004
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  • Over half of inmates in Florida prisons need substance abuse treatment.  The department provides three types of treatment programs; the cost and length of stay of the programs increase with the intensity of treatment.  The lengths of stay are consistent with national models, and the costs appear reasonable.  The programs, which are primarily grant funded, are in compliance with state and federal contract requirements.  Due to differences in inmate treatment needs, there does not appear to be any benefit to merging the programs into one.
  • Approximately 75% of inmates who are assigned to a treatment program complete it.  Program completers recidivate 3% less than those who need treatment but do not participate in a program.  The gap between treatment need and availability is widening; in Fiscal Year 2003-04, the department served 4,715 inmates in its primary treatment programs and 14,350 inmates identified as needing treatment were released without it.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Inmate Programs
Department of Corrections

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-16 Alternative Placements for the Correctional Education Program Would Be More Costly, published in March 2008.
  • Report No. 07-14 Corrections Rehabilitative Programs Effective, But Serve Only a Portion of the Eligible Population, published in February 2007.

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