Crime in America.Net staff. Updated in 2016
The research provides the results of a correctional program over the course of 20 years. We are unaware of any criminological research beyond twin studies (research on the behavioral aspects of twins) lasting as long.
The research involves “Cognitive Behavioral Treatment” or an attempt to rearrange the thinking patters of criminal offenders in prison or upon release and yes, there really are a lot of people caught up in the criminal justice system who need to be taught basic decision-making stills.
- Without treatment, 94 percent of offenders were rearrested
- With treatment, 81 percent of offenders were rearrested.
- Without treatment, 82 percent returned to prison
- With treatment, 61 percent returned to prison.
If employed nationally, then Cognitive Behavioral Treatment “could” result in a 21 percent difference in the incarceration rate, which (if you could apply the results each year) means that 147,000 released offenders would not go back to prison (based on a national average of 700,000 offenders released from prison every year).
If employed nationally, that means that 2,940,000 offenders would not have returned to prison over the course of 20 years.
Statistically speaking, it’s crude (ok-inaccurate) to look at things this way, but the bottom-line is that it’s a 20-year study based on large samples with a control group (nope, it wasn’t random assignment).
The study tells us three things:
We could save hundreds of thousands of crimes if we employed Cognitive Behavioral Treatment nationwide:
We could save hundreds of millions of dollars in reduced prison costs if we employed Cognitive Behavioral Treatment nationwide:
We continue to be astounded by the high arrest and incarceration rates of those who inhabit prisons.
Crime in America.Net staff.
Note: The original link no longer works. See https://www.ccimrt.com/cci-press-releases/february-23-2010-%E2%80%93-new-20-year-study-%E2%80%93-mrt-cognitive-behavioral-reduces-re-arrests-re-incarceration
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