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Texas Criminal Justice Policy Council – Evaluation of the TDCJ Treatment Initiative

Texas Criminal Justice Policy Council – Evaluation of the TDCJ Treatment Initiative

In 2001 and 2003, the Policy Council published comprehensive outcome studies that evidenced 7% and 5% recidivism rates, respectively, for those inmates who completed the entire continuum of care.

The study* consisted of 7,869 offenders who entered an in-prison substance abuse TC program known as a Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF). Eighty percent (80%) of these offenders were Gateway program graduates. The forty-four percent (44%) who completed in-prison treatment, transitional community-based residential treatment, and outpatient treatment had a recidivism rate of 5%, a decrease from 7% recidivism from the study published in 2001.

Fast Fact
Lower recidivism saved the state of Texas an estimated $60.5 million.

Texas’ Lower Recidivism Rates

Additionally, the recidivism rate for non-completers of the program was 30% – 32%, well below the national average of 51%. The study demonstrated that use of the Texas concept of in-prison treatment combined with community-based residential treatment and outpatient treatment resulted in lower recidivism rates and estimated savings of $60.5 million to the State of Texas. Based on these findings, a key goal must be to increase the percentage of inmates completing the full continuum. Enhanced re-entry techniques are a must if this is to be achieved.

A focus of all corrections programming is the provision of extensive case management and referrals to community agencies to continue programming upon release from the institution.

*Source: Texas Criminal Justice Policy Council Biennial Report to the 78th Texas Legislature, January 2003.

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