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Investigating Correcting Treatment in Corrections

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Our security policies and procedures supporting a treatment environment? Are treatment cultures threatening the safety and security of correctional facilities? It is time to seriously debate and challenge our current process of ensuring community safety while at the same time addressing the underlying causes of criminal behavior. Over the last 40 years, incarceration rates in the United States have almost doubled due to our justice system and its guidelines. Research-based studies show a large population of incarcerated people have underlining trauma related to addiction and criminal behavior.

In this book, the authors share their experience implementing a trauma-informed treatment program within a correctional facility. The journey is filled with heavy debates, extreme stress, hilarious happenings, and giant psychological and philosophical challenges. The reader will be a ‘fly on the wall’ as the trauma therapist and department of corrections lieutenant battle through their conflicting priorities. The reader will follow the many debates between the elements of treatment and security. This eavesdropping dialog provides the reader the opportunity to come to their own conclusion as to how to best implement a trauma treatment program inside a correctional setting. The writing style is beneficial to the undergraduate’s ability to apply deep introspection in their upcoming career in any field dealing with human behavior but particularly in criminology and social work. Lieutenant Michael Johnson retired from his career in corrections in early 2020. His work spanned nearly fourteen years, twelve of those with the Montana Department of Corrections (DOC). His corrections experience broadly included working with juvenile boys and girls and adult men and women. He has worked with incarcerated people in a correctional setting of both genders, ranging from 13 to 90.