Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Community Corrections and Addiction Treatment

by Faye S. Taxman,

Community corrections programs are emerging as an effective alternative to incarceration for drug-involved offenders, to reduce recidivism and improve public health and public safety.  Since evidence-based practice is gaining recognition as a success factor in both community systems and substance abuse treatment, a merger of the two seems logical and desirable. But integrating evidence-based addiction treatment into community corrections is no small feat—costs, personnel decisions, and effective, appropriate interventions are all critical considerations.


Featuring the first model of implementation strategies linking these fields, Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Community Corrections and Addiction Treatment sets out criteria for identifying practices and programs as evidence. The book’s detailed blueprint is based on extensive research into organizational factors (e.g., management buy-in) and external forces (e.g., funding, resources) with the most impact on the adoption of evidence-based practices, and implementation issues ranging from skill building to quality control. With this knowledge, organizations can set realistic, attainable goals and achieve treatment outcomes that reflect the evidence base.


Included in the coverage:

  • Determining evidence for “what works.”
  • Organization change and technology transfer: theory and literature review.
  • The current state of addiction treatment and community corrections.
  • Unique challenges of evidence-based addiction treatment under community supervision.
  • Assessing suitability of evidence-based practice in real-world settings.
  • A conceptual model for implementing evidence-based treatment in community corrections.


Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Community Corrections and Addiction Treatment is a breakthrough volume for graduate- and postgraduate-level researchers in criminology, as well as policymakers and public health researchers.

  • Springer New York; November 2011
  • ISBN 9781461404125
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF format
  • Title: Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Community Corrections and Addiction Treatment
  • Author: Faye S. Taxman; Steven Belenko
  • Imprint: Springer

In The Press

"This book could not be more timely. Community-based sanctions are attracting widespread attention, and many hope they will reduce recidivism and costs. But that won't happen unless we pay attention to implementation, the black box that Taxman and Belenko have unpacked in this outstanding book. Changing practice is more than just changing policies. Real change requires engaging community correctional agencies and their partners in the implementation process. This book provides new insights and a comprehensive framework for delivering programs that work and are sustainable. Any agency involved in implementing rehabilitation programs will be well advised to read this book closely. I highly recommend it."



Joan Petersilia

Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law

and Co-Director, Stanford Criminal Justice Center

Stanford Law School