What Works (and Doesn’t) in Reducing Recidivism offers criminologists and students an evidence-based discussion of the latest trends in corrections. Experts Latessa, Johnson, and Koetzle translate the research and findings about what works and doesn’t work in reducing recidivism into understandable concepts and terms, presenting them in a way that illustrates the value of research to practice. Over the last several decades, research has clearly shown that rehabilitation efforts can be effective in reducing recidivism among criminal offenders, but it is clear that treatment is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Offenders vary by gender, age, crime type, and/or addictions, to name but a few ways, and these individual needs must be addressed by providers. Finally, issues such as leadership, quality of staff, and evaluation efforts affect the quality and delivery of treatment services.

While other texts have addressed issues regarding treatment in corrections, this text is unique in that it not only discusses the research on "what works" but also addresses the implementation issues faced as practitioners move from theory to practice, as well as the importance of staff, leadership, and evaluation efforts.

This book synthesizes the vast research for the student interested in correctional rehabilitation as well as for the practitioner working with offenders.

chapter 1|18 pages

From “Nothing Works” to “What Works”

The History and Social Context of Rehabilitation

chapter 2|34 pages

Understanding Risk and Needs

The Importance of Assessment

chapter 3|26 pages

Barriers to Treatment

Understanding Specific Responsivity

chapter 4|22 pages

What Doesn’t Work

Ineffective Approaches and Correctional Quackery

chapter 5|22 pages

Putting Theory into Practice

Approaches that Work in Reducing Recidivism

chapter 6|24 pages

Changing Behavior Long Term

Implementing Behavior Change Systems

chapter 7|36 pages

Delivering Substance Abuse Treatment

chapter 9|18 pages

Delivering Effective Programs for Women

chapter 11|20 pages

What Works in Reentry

Transitioning Back to the Community

chapter 12|28 pages

The Importance of Quality

How to Ensure Program Fidelity