Innovations in Reducing Incarceration and Recidivism: Working with Diverse Groups (CSES Co-sponsored Symposia)

This program is focused on the research that is relevant to prevention of incarceration, effective treatment, and programs that have been successful in the psychological adjustment following incarceration.

Friday, August 7, 12:00 – 1:50 p.m.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Bldg., Room 712
Co-Sponsored by BAPPI, CYF, CEMA, CSES, and CWP

It is well known that a disproportionate number of persons in the United States are inmates of the prison systems as compared with other Western countries. The issues involved are many and complex. This program is focused on the research that is relevant to prevention of incarceration, effective treatment, and programs that have been successful in the psychological adjustment following incarceration. We are focusing on strategies, approaches, and models with empirical support that can provide some handles that policy makers can grasp to have productive impact on this major problem. We use "systems" because our impact may be very different at local, state, and federal levels. We also know that the correctional systems have become treatment centers for some persons with severe mental illness, serious chronic illness (including HIV/AIDS), and for geriatric conditions. We also recognize that there is an extensive literature on correctional psychology, issues of crime and punishment, recidivism and relapse, and psychotherapy with incarcerated persons. This program is intended to highlight the scientific evidence psychology can offer to enhance crime prevention, treatment effectiveness, and post-release success.

More details on CSES sponsored symposia are available in the SES Convention Program Highlights at the Office on Socioeconomic Status.