Dec 31, 1986
Career criminals do not have greater treatment needs than the general prison population and do not participate less in relevant treatment programs. These findings are based on information from official corrections records and on a questionnaire administered to a sample of 1300 inmates in California, Michigan, and Texas. Career criminals were also not the greatest source of prison violence. Data are presented on the percentage of inmates who need education, vocational training, alcohol and drug counseling; the percentage who receive such treatment; inmates' motivations for and against program participation; their assessment of the effects of specific programs; and the extent and type of infractions by inmates with different characteristics. The study does not recommend expanding the Department of Justice's Career Criminal Program into the area of corrections.