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Corrections Rehabilitative Programs Effective, But Serve Only a Portion of the Eligible Population, Report No. 07-14, February 2007
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  • The department’s rehabilitative programs serve only a small portion of inmates who are identified with educational deficits or eligible for substance abuse treatments.
  • Inmates who complete the GED, vocational training, and substance abuse treatment programs generally have successful outcomes in terms of program completion and lower recidivism.  However, 90% of inmates who are enrolled in adult basic education do not successfully complete the program, often for reasons within the department’s control.
  • Completing some educational and other rehabilitative programs translates into post-release success and may produce cost savings.  In addition, rehabilitative programs reduce inmate idleness and promote institutional security.
  • While the department’s sex offender treatment program is consistent with national standards, the program is voluntary, serves relatively few inmates, and allocation of treatment is not based on a validated risk assessment instrument.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Corrections
Inmate Programs

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 09-44 Department of Corrections Should Maximize Use of Best Practices in Inmate Rehabilitation Efforts,published in December 2009.
  • Report No. 08-20 Corrections’ Contraband Effort Is Sound; Cell Phone Penalties and Warden Consistency Are Needed, published in April 2008.
  • Report No. 08-16 Alternative Placements for the Correctional Education Program Would Be More Costly, published in March 2008.
  • Report No. 07-17 Higher Priority Should Be Given to Transition Services to Reduce Inmate Recidivism, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 07-16 Some Inmate Family Visitation Practices Are Not Meeting the Legislature’s Intent, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 07-15 Corrections Experiences Turnover and Vacancies, But Performance Not Diminished, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 07-13 Department of Corrections Zero Tolerance Policy Increases Offender Scrutiny But Is Not Based on Risk to Public Safety, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 04-69 Information Brief: Correctional Substance Abuse Programs, While Few, Are Reasonably Efficient and Effective, published in October 2004.
  • Report No. 04-59 Progress Report: Corrections Education and Rehabilitative Programs Significantly Reduced, published in August 2004.
  • Report No. 00-23 Review of the Department of Corrections, published in December 2000.

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