Inmates who received a cognitive-behavioral treatment known as Moral Reconation Therapy were reincarcerated less often over a 20-year period than those who took part in more traditional rehabilitation programs, says a study published in Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Review. The study tracked recidivism of nearly 1,400 offenders released from a county prison in Tennessee. It found that 61 percent of those in Moral Reconation Therapy went back to prison, compared with 82 percent of inmates not in the program.
Moral Reconation Therapy was started in Memphis in 1985. The study shows that “treatment does work and it saves an enormous amount of money,” said author Gregory Little.