Self-Reporting and the Diagnostic Screening of Substance Abusing Prisoners

Self-Reporting and the Diagnostic Screening of Substance Abusing Prisoners
William R. Crawley
November 2009

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-302-8 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / ix, 268 pages

Price   $75.00


In the wake of an exploding incarceration rate, correctional facilities have struggled to address issues of “need for treatment.” The criminal justice system has begun using self-report-based screening methodologies to collect diagnostic information in place of clinicians. Crawley analyzes data on recently incarcerated prisoners producing significant efficacy findings, indicating strong support for this methodology, and providing insights regarding individual and case-level variables. Thus, advancing policies for triaging “need for treatment” in criminal justice populations by providing practical evidence-based assistance to researchers, mental health practitioners, and the criminal justice institutions that design, interpret, or deploy self-report-based screening instruments.

About the Author

William R. Crawley holds a Graduate Certification in Drug and Alcohol Studies, Master and Doctoral degrees in Criminal Justice, and has worked as Coordinator for the Department of Justice’s Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program. He has conducted more than 3,000 criminal interviews. Dr. Crawley is an Associate Professor and Director of the School of Criminal Justice at Grand Valley State University.