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The Esbjerg Model

Quality level: 1

Summary

The Esjberg model provides an 8 week pre-treatment programme to prisoners with the purpose of improving their chances of success on release and to prepare them for follow up treatment on release. The overall results are promising.

Type of intervention:
interventions in the criminal justice system
Sub-area:
assistance to drug users in prison
Setting:
prison
Type of approach:
gender, offenders
Target group:
adults
Age group:
Annual coverage:
20
Substances addressed:
tobacco, cannabis, opiates, alcohol, ecstasy, cocaine and derivatives, amphetamines, methamphetamines, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation, impact evaluation, process evaluation
Country:
Denmark
Start date:
01/01/2001
End date:
31/12/2002

Overall objective

The general objective of the 'Esbjerg Model' project is to develop and offer a method/model for pre-treatment aiming at the severely deprived criminal and imprisoned drug users. In order to ensure that the pre-treatment service is part of a coherent treatment service intended to support the prisoners in the continued treatment of them to become drug-free, the project will be conducted in cooperation with the Criminal Investigation Department in Esbjerg, the Esbjerg Local Prison, the Danish Prison and Probation Service in Esbjerg, the Youth Shop of Esbjerg Municipality and the Ribe County Centre of Drug Abuse. The aim is to improve the individual prisoner's possibilities as well as prepare him/her to receive follow-up treatment for drug abuse after release; or perhaps at an earlier point in time, where this is possible under Section 78 of the Danish Enforcement of Punishments Act (re-integration by transfer to in-patient treatment provided by the counties under continued imprisonment) or temporary transfer can be applied such as drug-free inpatient treatment, day treatment and other services in combination with help to establish a change in life circumstances.

Abstract

The objective of the "Esbjerg Model" project is to develop and offer a method/model for pre-treatment aiming at the severely deprived criminal drug users in prison. In order to ensure that the pre-treatment services for part of coherent treatment services intended to support the prisoners in the ongoing treatment intervention to become drug-free, the project will be conducted in cooperation with the Criminal Investigation Department in Esbjerg, the Prison and Probation Service in Esbjerg, the Youth Shop of Esbjerg Municipality and the Centre of Drug Abuse in Ribe County. Up until 31 December 2002, 27 individuals were offered pre-treatment in the local prison. 22 persons chose to accept the offer, of which the two commenced pre-treatment at such a late stage that they have not been included in this evaluation, which thus consists of 20 persons. Out of these 20 persons, 10 completed the treatment program, corresponding to a completion rate of 90%. This is a satisfactory result when considering the participants' drug-related, criminal and social track record. The organisation succeeded in motivating 14 out of 18 individuals who at the time of evaluation had completed pre-treatment and have them accept the offer for drug-free treatment in private settings directly from the prison. This must be considered as satisfactory. Out of the total of 20 persons enrolled into treatment, seven are still drug-free, five have returned to the local prison and have at their own request embarked on a new treatment program. Two persons are about to be enrolled into inpatient treatment as soon as the pre-treatment program terminates. However, the six persons who are either in prison, wanted or whose situation is undisclosed bear witness to the fact that success in this context is fragile. The overall picture of results, however, is more promising.

The PDF contains the full intervention description including additional contact information.

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