Treatment Matching for Substance-Abusing Offenders

Treatment Matching for Substance-Abusing Offenders
Zachary K. Hamilton
June 2011

ISBN-13:  9781593324872 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / x, 318 pages

Price   $80.00


Hamilton focuses on a population of offenders released from prison to halfway houses. Based on assessments administered prior to admission, intervention groups were established using Latent Class Analysis, which identified several classes or “types” of substance abusing offenders. The resulting classification was utilized to assess responsivity among four program orientations: 12-Step, Cognitive-Behavioral, Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Communities. A matching strategy was then created from class-program interactions. This study is first to examine typology construction as a method for improving treatment effectiveness. Policy implications describe extensions of the study methodology - refining target populations and improving resource allocations for reentry.

About the Author

Zachary Hamilton is currently an Assistant Professor at Washington State University. He was previously employed as a Senior Research Associate for the Center for Court Innovation and National Development and Research Institutes. His research interests include offender reentry, rehabilitation, and program evaluation. Recent publications have appeared in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation and Deviant Behavior.