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Work Product of the 151st International Training Course "Evidence-Based Treatment of Offenders"

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Date Published
December 2012
153 pages
The United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI) presents visiting experts' papers (n=9), participants' papers (n=6), and working group reports (n=2) from the 151st International Training Course on "Evidence-based Treatment of Offenders."
The "Introductory Note" for this report previews the course's theme, the evidence-based treatment of offenders, by specifying the two major components of such treatment: appropriate risk/needs assessment and proper implementation of treatment programs. These components are informed by research or evaluation that uses accepted scientific methods in order to establish the validity and reliability of the risk-assessment instruments used and the effectiveness of the treatment programs used to reduce the recidivism of targeted offenders. Visiting experts' papers address risk/needs assessment; a system's perspective on the effectiveness, efficiency, and relevancy of correctional programs; the evolution of evidence-based correctional programs in Canada; an overview of correctional programs in the United States; how to use evidence-based practices in designing more effective correctional programs; evaluation of correctional programs; the use of evidence-based knowledge to create an offender "throughcare" system; the introduction of evidence-based practice in an organization undergoing transformation; and evidence-based practices in the Singapore Prison Service. The six participants' papers address evidence-based treatment in the correctional systems of Hong Kong and the Republic of Korea. The two group reports focus on the two components of the evidence-based treatment of offenders: risk/needs assessment and the features of an evidence-based offender treatment program. Appended photo and identification of course participants