A program evaluation of jail-based rehabilitation programs in reducing recidivism rates

Carla Brookins, Tennessee State University


Although there is insurmountable evidence of the correlation between substance abuse and incarceration, there are a limited number of studies on the effectiveness of substance abuse programs in local jails. This research aims to evaluate the effectiveness of jail-based rehabilitation in reducing recidivism rates and provide a framework for further investigation. ^ The study was conducted at the Correctional Development Center of Metropolitan Davidson-County, Tennessee. Using archival data from the Jail Management System, 210 participants were randomly selected and split into 3 distinct groups (completers, non-completers, and never entered). The participants were then entered into Q-term system to determine if the recidivated. ^ Surprisingly, this research found that those that received some treatment but did not complete the program had a significantly longer duration of months free when compared to participants that completed the program. In addition, those who completed the program had a higher recidivism rate when compared to those that had some level of treatment. ^ This research adds to previous findings in many ways, but due to many contradictory results, further research in this area is needed. ^

Subject Area

Psychology, Behavioral|Sociology, Criminology and Penology

Recommended Citation

Carla Brookins, "A program evaluation of jail-based rehabilitation programs in reducing recidivism rates" (2014). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI1557706.