By Evarn J. Ooi
Crime and Justice Bulletin no. 222
Sydney, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, March 2019
Release Date: 10 April 2019
Full report: Evaluating the Impact of the Intensive Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program (IDATP) on Prisoner Misconduct [pdf, 486kb]
The study investigates the impact
of participating in the Intensive Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program (IDAPT) on misconduct in prison. IDAPT is a
residential program within Corrective Services NSW for prisoners with a drug or
The study found that people who
participated in IDAPT reduced their in-prison infractions by 73% in the years
following participation, even after controlling for a wide range of offender
and offence characteristics. No similar reduction was observed amongst a cohort
of offenders who were referred to IDATP but did not commence the program due to
a prison bed shortage.
Further research is required to
assess the impact of IDAPT on post-release recidivism.