Clients involved with the criminal justice system are often referred to counseling in an attempt to resolve the personal concerns that lead to their involvement in criminal activities. Many times this includes substance use disorders, mental health issues, and often co-occurring disorders. Communication between the primary therapist and the referring agency/officer is key to effective client participation.
The goal of this type of service is not only to resolve the clinical issues the client presents, but to also keep the criminal justice system apprised of the client’s progress. All programs, at all levels of care, work with clients involved in the criminal justice system. Group therapy is often used with this population very effectively. For many clients, successful completion of treatment is paramount to being released from supervision of the criminal justice system. Case management services are often necessary with this population to coordinate the variety of services needed.
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed in 2003. The purpose of the act was to “provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations and funding to protect individuals from prison rape.”
New Paths has zero tolerance towards all forms of sexual abuse and harassment. All sexually assaultive behavior within the program shall be reported to local law enforcement for investigation and prosecution.