Clinical Interventions in Criminal Justice Settings

Clinical Interventions in Criminal Justice Settings

Evidence-Based Practice

1st Edition - January 4, 2018

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  • Authors: George Patterson, Warren Graham
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128113813
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128113820

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Clinical Interventions in Criminal Justice Settings balances theoretical frameworks and research methodology to examine the effective evidence-based practices and principles for populations within the criminal justice system.  The book explores the major clinical issues that are relevant for adopting evidence-based practices and demonstrates how to implement them. Topics include legislation, law enforcement, courts, corrections, actuarial assessment instruments, treatment fidelity, diverse populations, mental illness, substance use and juvenile delinquency. Clinical Interventions in Criminal Justice Settings models opportunities for evidence-based practice during entry into the criminal justice system (arrest), prosecution (court, pretrial release, jail, and prison), sentencing (community supervision, incarceration), and corrections (jail, prison, probation and parole).

Key Features

  • Addresses offenders in all four components of the criminal justice system—legislation, law enforcement, courts and corrections
  • Covers the use of actuarial risk assessment instruments for clinical decision-making
  • Includes tools that predict recidivism, levels of service needed, and future offending behavior
  • Separates specific practices for juvenile and adult offenders
  • Delves into specific special populations, such as those with HIV and AIDS, substance abuse, co-occurring disorders and homelessness


Clinicians such as psychologists, social workers, counselors, case managers, and psychiatric nurses providing services to criminal justice-involved populations (both youth and adult) in all four branches of the criminal justice system (legislation, law enforcement, courts, and corrections)

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to Evidence-based Practices and Principles in the Criminal Justice System
    2. Using Evidence to Inform Clinical Practice
    3. An Overview of Implementation Fidelity
    4. Clinical Outcomes for Criminal Justice Populations
    5. The Evidence-Based Rating and Classification Process
    6. Risk Assessment and Treatment Levels
    7. Evidence-Based Practices for Juveniles in the Juvenile Justice System
    8. Evidence-Based Practices for Adults in the Criminal Justice System
    9. Evidence-Based Practice With Special Criminal Justice Populations
    10. Implementing Evidence-Based Practices and Principles With Criminal Justice Populations
    11. Criminal Justice Initiatives Using Evidence-Based Practices and Principles
    Appendix: Resources for Evidence-Based Criminal Justice Practice

Product details

  • No. of pages: 220
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: January 4, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128113813
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128113820

About the Authors

George Patterson

Dr. George T. Patterson is the author of the book Social Work Practice in the Criminal Justice System, and has also published numerous criminal justice-related articles. Dr. Patterson has both research evaluation experience on numerous federal grants, such as the Department of Justice, assessing evidence-based practice and best practices. He has extensive clinical experience in varied components of the criminal justice system. He is a NYS certified police instructor, police social worker, NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and provides criminal justice-related training to numerous agencies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, City University of New York, New York, NY, USA

Warren Graham

Mr. Warren K. Graham has held positions as a NYS Office of Court Administration Project Director overseeing the administration of Nassau County Family Treatment Court and the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court, and maintains a private practice approved by the Second Appellate Division in Brooklyn as a Forensic Evaluator, and serves as a resource on the Law Guardian Panel conducting court-ordered forensic services. Prior experience includes the Suffolk County Department of Probation’s Evidence Based Intervention Unit as a consultant facilitating SAMHSA manualized anger management groups for adult offenders, and acting as a clinical consultant for service referral and case planning/management. Mr. Graham has completed training in evidence-based and promising practices Moral Reconation Therapy, Strengthening Families, and Child Permanency Mediation. He is a NYS Licensed Master Social Worker, and a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). He is currently Assistant Director of Field Education at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

Affiliations and Expertise

Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, City University of New York, New York, NY, USA

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