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Cognitive Behavioral Interventions and Misconduct Behind Bars: A Randomized Control Trial of CBI-CC

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $596,458)

The three-year project proposes a randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of the ‘Cognitive Behavioral Interventions – A Comprehensive Curriculum’ (CBI-CC) program on reducing prison misconducts and violence in prison and arrests post-release among a sample of incarcerated individuals in Delaware. CBI-CC is an intensive intervention comprised of 55 sessions totaling 150 hours of curriculum. The program targets high-risk individuals and addresses the need principle by targeting multiple criminogenic needs. Four hundred inmates (male and female from four prisons) will be randomly assigned to either CBI-CC or treatment as usual. Eligible subjects will be offenders with moderate- to high-risk scores on the LSI-R, are serving time for a violent offense or have committed a violent infraction during their current incarceration, and have at least one year left on their sentence. Inmates in both groups will be surveyed at intake and program completion. The primary outcome is misconduct. Secondary outcomes include institutional grievances and rearrest post-release.

"Note: This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law," and complies with Part 200 Uniform Requirements - 2 CFR 200.210(a)(14).


Date Created: September 25, 2018