|About the Book|
This book focuses on what works in reducing criminal recidivism- what programs actually change criminal behavior. It has two objectives: First, it evaluates the effectiveness of the major programs used by the criminal justice system to reduceMoreThis book focuses on what works in reducing criminal recidivism- what programs actually change criminal behavior. It has two objectives: First, it evaluates the effectiveness of the major programs used by the criminal justice system to reduce recidivism. Second, it describes a new program called RealVictory that reduces recidivism by as much as 50 percent.Former U. S. Senator, Bob Bennett said, This comprehensive look at recidivism programs ferrets out what is working what is not, and why. Its a must have for any criminal justice professional hoping to help people turn from crime and for parents trying to help troubled kids.Carl Reddick, a parole officer, supervisor, and program manger said, The powerful information in this book has changed the lives of thousands of offenders. While many correctional professionals believe that nothing works, RealVictory has quietly developed an absolute blockbuster approach to engaging parolees in their own rehabilitation. I cannot overstate the impact this book will have on the correctional professional and, ultimately, on their clients.Chapter 1 describes how the prison population in the United States has grown dramatically since 1980 and explains why criminal recidivism is such a serious problem. Chapter 2 reviews the major theories of why people commit crime. Chapter 3 examines the processes involved in creating lasting change in behavior and presents the Character Development Model that explains how moral values are acquired. Chapter 4 reviews punishment programs and explains why they usually fail. Chapter 5 reviews the effectiveness of token-economy and other behavioral programs. Chapter 6 describes different cognitive-behavioral programs and summarizes their effectiveness. Chapter 7 explains the effects of drug use on crime and describes the programs that have been created to help drug users avoid using drugs. Chapter 8 examines employment programs and explains why having a job and acquiring good work skills helps reduce recidivism. Chapter 9 explains why family characteristics, especially the influence of mothers and fathers, are so powerful in helping children avoid crime. It also describes the major family treatment programs and summarizes their effectiveness. Chapter 10 describes the Reality Model, which contains the cognitive insights used in the RealVictory program. Chapter 11 explains the phone-coach program and why this simple technology is so powerful in helping people change their behavior through a goal-setting process.. Chapter 12 reports the results of research studies on the RealVictory program, including studies using juveniles, adults, and school students. Chapter 13 provides a summary and some recommendations for applying the RealVictory program to reduce problems of crime in America.