Offender Drug Abuse and Recidivism: An Access to Recovery Program

Offender Drug Abuse and Recidivism: An Access to Recovery Program
Michael A Seredycz
September 2010

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-402-5 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5x8.5 / x, 170 pages

Price   $65.00


Seredycz tracks 434 offenders of a federally funded Access to Recovery (ATR) program coordinated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and a jurisdiction identified as Lake City. He examines offender’s reduction of alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA), recidivism and barriers to reintegration. Self-reported high-risk drug offenders had a higher likelihood of program failure and criminal activity. Offenders who voluntarily remained in treatment were more successful remaining abstinent and more likely to desist from criminal activity. Faith-based programming was not found to be an effective predictor in increasing treatment outcomes nor, reducing an offender’s likelihood of recidivism. Case managers play a significant role in determining an offender’s success in AODA treatment and likelihood of being incarcerated.

About the Author

Michael Seredycz is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dr. Seredycz's research and writing is focused on policy evaluation with a focus on policing, corrections and the drug-crime nexus.