An evaluation of the effectiveness of substance abuse programming for female offenders

Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol. 2002 Apr;46(2):220-30. doi: 10.1177/0306624X02462007.


Although a recent meta-analysis reported that substance abuse treatment was associated with moderate reductions in recidivism for female offenders, very few of the tests of treatment (k = 4) focused on adults. The purpose of this study was to contribute to this relatively sparse area of scientific inquiry by exploring the effectiveness of substance abuse programming in reducing recidivism for a sample of 98 federally sentenced female offenders in Canada. Results revealed a significant reduction in general recidivism for treated substance abusers. Moreover, the data indicated that violent reoffending was also reduced for the treated group, although the difference did not reach statistical significance.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Prisoners / psychology*
  • Program Evaluation*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / therapy*