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Week 5 Discussion- Sophia King

  • Critique a colleague’s choice based upon whether the program
    selected appears to meet the criteria for evidence-based programming.
  • Offer an additional element of effective programming for your colleague to consider. Please reply to Sophia King as if you
    are having a conversation with her
    . A few sentences and a question.

    Here, I reviewed an effective evidence based offender treatment or
    reentry program in Washington State. The program incorporates
    individualized treatment of the offender (criminogenic needs), provide
    education, job training that will allow the offender to have marketable
    skills upon release, therapy, mental health treatment if needed,
    substance abuse treatment if needed, maintain family connection,
    assisting offenders in obtaining government identification (so they can
    get a job), and easement back into the community with resources to
    assist them such as halfway homes. One such as this is a evidence based
    treatment drug program for adults in the state of Washington. This
    evidence based program had definable outcomes, measurable, and defined
    expectations according to practical realities. What is the outcome?
    Washington State policymakers sent drug users to Drug Court. Here, the
    state is using evidence based program to facilitate a different outcome
    by providing treatment and help rather than punishment.
    According to Aos, Miller, and Drake (2006), the program is
    successful because it offers in prison “therapeutic communities” with
    and without after care. This includes cognitive treatment as well as
    drug treatment in prison and in the community. These inmates live
    separately in their own units in order to keep it drug free. After care
    only boosted to 6.9% from 5.3% (Aos, Miller, and Drake , 2006), thus
    the bulk of intervention and change occurred while the offender was in
    prison in the therapeutic community. Adults who receive education, GED,
    or vocational education while in prison also has a positive impact on
    them not going back to prison. The program also offered intensive
    supervision that focused on treatment and not punishment. In my opinion
    the intensive supervision is the most important. This holds the offender
    accountable but at the same time allows them to receive treatment and
    get better. That in conjunction with the therapy and education will
    allow the offender to be and feel as a productive citizen upon release.
    Many programs such as this is effective in aiding an offender in
    reentry and reduces recidivism (Seiter & Kadela, 2003).
    Reference
    Aos, S.,Miller, M., and Drake, E. (2006). Evidence-Based Adult Corrections Programs: What Works and
    What Does Not. Olympia: Washington State Institute for Public Policy
    (PDF) Evidence-Based Adult Corrections Programs: What Works and What Does Not. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/237270608_Evidence-Based_Adult_Corrections_Programs_What_Works_and_What_Does_Not [accessed Dec 17 2018].
    Seiter, R. P., & Kadela, K. R. (2003). Prisoner Reentry: What Works, What Does Not, and What Is
    Promising. Crime & Delinquency, 49(3), 360 388.

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