An analysis of survival time to re-arrest in treated and non-treated jailers

George Ronan, James I. Gerhart, Kathy Dollard, Kimberly A. Maurelli

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Incarceration is a costly intervention that does not always prevent future crime. Clinicians working in criminal justice settings are in a unique position to monitor programming to reduce recidivism. We investigated the impact of self-control training on re-arrest in a jail population. Treatment that allotted more time for behavioral rehearsal was expected to reduce future arrest. One hundred inmates completed measures of problem-solving and self-control skills. Forty participants received group training in self-control skills, 40 received the same protocol plus 10 minutes for behavioral rehearsal, and 20 served as a no-treatment comparison group. Participants who completed treatment were less likely to recidivate three years after release from jail, with a trend toward lower recidivism rates for self-control training plus behavioral rehearsal. Training in self-control skills can be useful for preventing re-arrest and these effects may be enhanced by adding a brief behavioral rehearsal of the targeted skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-112
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2010


  • Prisoners
  • Recidivism
  • Treatment


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