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EN DRASI Therapeutic Programme: Therapeutic Community at Korydallos Women's Prison

Quality level: 1


Launched as a pilot programme in 2000 the programme constitutes the first in-prison drug treatment intervention in line with the operational framework of a TC (therapeutic community). It targets female prisoners.

Type of intervention:
interventions in the criminal justice system
assistance to drug users in prison
Type of approach:
gender, offenders
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Age group:
Annual coverage:
Substances addressed:
cannabis, opiates, cocaine and derivatives, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
process evaluation
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End date:

Overall objective

The general aim of the programme is to achieve recovery from drugs in the prison setting through the admission to a structured therapeutic framework which at the same time lays special emphasis on educational and rehabilitation activities.


The "Therapeutic Community at Korydallos Women's Prison", which was launched as a pilot programme in 2000 on the initiative of the "EN DRASI" Therapeutic Programme (KETHEA), constitutes the first in-prison drug treatment intervention in line with the structure and the operational framework of a TC. It targets female prisoners who are a highly burdened population group. It consists of three phases of social support in- and off-prison, having as main objectives the following: to increase drug users' motivation to enter in prison treatment and to participate in the programme on a systematic basis, to achieve abstinence from drug use and from deviant behaviour in prison, to reconnect individuals with education procedures, to acquire basic and social skills, vocational training, family support and referral to an off-prison programme in order to continue and complete the therapeutic procedure.Results regarding the operation of the programme indicate that there is a steady increase in the number of individuals approaching the programme for the first time and entering treatment. Moreover, a stability has been suceeded with regard to the power of the Therapeutic Community in the last two years (2004-2003). Also, the number of prisoners who completed the programme and applied for early release to attend an off-prison treatment progamme is quite important (from 6 individuals in 2002 to 16 in 2003, while in 2004 the respective number was 10 women).

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