Evidence-based programming: An examination of the accreditation process for substance abuse programming in Canada’s federal correctional institutions
LE3 .A278 2009
Bachelor of Arts
This thesis examines the accreditation process for substance abuse programming in Canada’s federal correctional institutions. It identifies the link between substance abuse and crime, and analyzes how, over the past twenty to twenty five years, the Canadian government, through programming, has addressed the needs of federally incarcerated offenders with substance abuse problems. The thesis notes the differences between male and female pathways to crime, and their differing programming needs. It assesses the substance abuse programs offered prior to, and since accreditation, and seeks to decipher the programs’ effectiveness in reducing recidivism rates among offenders. Using Andrews and Bonta’s (2003) core principles for effective offender programming, the cost perspective, and statistics regarding recidivism rates, this thesis concludes that substance abuse programming for federally incarcerated offenders is, indeed, beneficial.
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