Changing Prison Into a Therapeutic Milieu: Evidence From the Israeli National Rehabilitation Center for Prisoners

Lior Gideon, Efrat Shoham, David L. Weisburd

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Abstract

This study examines how a change in prison milieu affected both inmate and staff experiences of treatment within a regular correctional facility. Specifically, the study seeks to demonstrate how a change in prison milieu brought change on inmates and staff behavior and perception. Data were gathered using semistructured interviews with inmates and prison staff, and narratives were later analyzed. Results suggest that the therapeutic milieu inside the Sharon prison was significantly different from other prison-based therapeutic modalities and that this difference may be responsible for improved treatment retention and compliance as well as lowering recidivism rates. Potential explanations for these findings are discussed, and their implications for prison-based treatment and rehabilitation programs are explored.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)179-202
Number of pages24
JournalPrison Journal
Volume90
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2010

Keywords

  • prison-based drug treatment
  • therapeutic community
  • therapeutic milieu
  • treatment retention

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