We’ve all experienced the violent revolving door of the criminal justice system. Rape, robbery, arrest, due process, conviction, treatment prison, parole and right back in the system and prison.
Where does coaching come in? Are you teaching desistence?
It’s the criminal justice WPA annuity system. It’s like a Roth IRA distribution. It just keeps on paying and maybe no taxes.
Nothing is going to change unless we, the system change. “It” is not going to get better unless the way we deal with the problem “gets better.”
Drug courts are a good example. Nobody does it the same way. But everyone reports 84% success rates.
How can that be when the DOJ and CJS report 85% of parolees will return to prison by the 10th year?
Drug court clients are recidivating while in the program and on the day of graduation. Some are high on Meth while giving their graduation speeches.
Drug courts report 84% success rates because per their record keeping, there were no new arrests and convictions within a three-year period.
Within three years is the time period used to measure recidivism rates by these courts.
Another definition of recidivism is “thinking of or returning to criminal thinking ‘and’ conduct. No time limit.
Relapse, thinking of or returning to AOD, alcohol or other drugs use, and recidivism are processes. They do not respect a 36-month measuring stick.
To desist or recidivate is a choice. Offenders are not taught how to desist. They are haphazardly taught ‘relapse prevention.’
Plus – drug courts only care about compliance, not change. Reduce recidivism is goal number one followed by cost reduction.
You get what you think about. Is it better to have clients think about desistence or relapse?
There will be no long-term behavior changes unless you change anti-social, criminal thinking and conduct (CTC) beliefs and values involving AOD, alcohol and other drugs, first.
What is your specific CTC belief change protocol?
Your answer will determine the quality of your programs. I designed Belief Eye Movement Therapy, BEMT, to help CTC/AOD offenders achieve desistence.
Once desistence is reached, criminals who have issues with alcohol and other drugs learn to collapse those things that trigger them to use or do crime and reach transcendence.
If you would like to hear more about this CTC problem-solving ideas, I’m available for comments or training.
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The CBT map image is from Drug Court Treatment: The Verdict. Amazon.com