Therapeutic Communities in Prisons: A Research Perspective
by Harry Wexler
This video is a must for all those working in and developing Therapeutic Communities in prisons.
Dr. Harry Wexler walks through the past and current research developments on the efficacy of Therapeutic Communities in prisons. A timeline from the 1950s to present details how the Therapeutic Community model developed in prisons, and what research efforts supported that development. Wexler discusses a breadth of topics including: the evidence that prison treatment alone is insufficient for long-term change, and the importance of aftercare; the benefits and potential problems of manual-based treatment; the need for incentives; the importance of bridging TC members and facilitators with their outside communities; and the promising new research of TCs in maximum-security prisons and the potential of reducing violence among their prisoners.
In Depth
Also includes several bonus features:

• Education and Employment
• The Prison Journal: A Special Issue
• Essential Elements of TC
• “Aftercare”: Further Research Questions

Length of video: 00:43:00

English subtitles available

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-182-8

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-182-5

Dr. Harry Wexler is currently a Senior Principal Investigator at the Center for Integration of Research and Practice at the National Development and Research Institutes (NDRI) in New York City. His career spans three decades at the forefront of research on treatment of offenders under criminal justice supervision, and particularly incarcerated substance abusers receiving community treatment. His evaluation of the Amity Program at Donovan Prison in California provided the credible evidence for state legislators to fund the largest single initiative in US history aimed at reducing the recidivism of incarcerated substance abusing offenders. He serves on the advisory boards of several academic publications, has a private practice in group and individual therapy.
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