Prison Visiting Project Launches Substance Abuse Treatment Study

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The Prison Visiting Project has launched a two-year study to examine the degree to which New York State prison-based substance abuse treatment meets the needs of incarcerated individuals with addiction problems.

Substance abuse is one of the most pressing concerns currently facing New York’s prison system.

  • The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s (DOCCS) identifies approximately three quarters of the state’s prison population as needing substance abuse treatment.
  • At any time, there are approximately 9,840 incarcerated people involved in some form of substance abuse treatment in New York’s prisons.

Utilizing the Correctional Association’s unique access to prisons, we will assess services through interviews with incarcerated participants and staff  in substance abuse treatment programs, and observe treatment sessions, residential treatment areas and transitional services.

All prison policies and practices ultimately have a substantial impact on our local communities. An important part of this Project is to evaluate DOCCS’ efforts to assist individuals in transitioning to community-based treatment programs once they are discharged.

The final report prepared at the conclusion of this study will provide DOCCS officials, state policymakers and the public with valuable information about the New York’s in-prison substance abuse treatment programs. As with every Correctional Association initiative, we will follow this report with aggressive advocacy for our recommendations.