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Reentry of Methamphetamine-Using Offenders into the Community: Identifying Key Strategies and Best Practices for Community Corrections

NCJ Number
Nathan C. Lowe M.S.; Matthew DeMichele Ph.D.
Date Published
October 2010
31 pages
This report presents information on key strategies identified as improving reentry efforts of methamphetamine-using offenders returning to the community.
This report identified 12 strategies and 14 best practices for use in improving reentry efforts of methamphetamine-using offenders returning to the community. The strategies fall into five categories: treatment, sentencing and sanctions, supervision, collaboration, and public safety concerns. Effective treatment strategies include cross-training for corrections and treatment personnel, use of Medicaid eligible treatment services, and making substance abuse treatment comprehensive. Effective supervision strategies include use of confidentiality waivers in probation and parole orders and encouraging positive behavior through negative drug screens, while effective collaboration strategies include improved collaborative efforts between supervising officers and treatment professionals. To address public safety concerns, supervising officers should be properly trained to recognize clues to the manufacture of methamphetamine and to appropriately manage methamphetamine-using offenders. A summary of best practices identified at technical assistant sites in three States is also presented, with the best practices from each State discussed in detail. Information for this review was obtained through the use of a focus group of stakeholders working with methamphetamine-using offenders, and the provision of technical assistance to three sites in three States for the purpose of improving and enhancing their programming strategies in working with methamphetamine-using offenders in the reentry process. The three site provided technical assistance were the Colorado State Court Administrator's Office, Division of Probation Services, Denver, CO; the South Dakota Board of Pardons and Parole, Intensive MA Treatment (IMT) Program, Sioux Falls, SD; and the Maricopa County Adult Probation, Phoenix, AZ. References