“Research has shown drug treatment for drug involved offenders is effective in lowering the rates of recidivism (Mackenzie, 2006; Sherman, et al, 2002; MADOC, 2009). The focus of this study was toidentify and describe differences in the recidivism rates of offenders who participated in the Massachusetts Department of Correction (MADOC) Correctional Recovery Academy (CRA) program to determine if expected decreases in recidivism could be noted for this population. CRA is an intensive six month skill-based residential substance abuse treatment program. There are a total of 503 residential treatment beds located across six separate MADOC institutions. The CRA targets substance abuse, anger management, criminal thinking, and relapse prevention utilizing a therapeutic community social learning approach with an advanced cognitive behavioral curriculum that promotes positive social learning.”

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