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Harry K. Wexler, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized expert in correctional substance abuse services and outcomes. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, chapters, studies and books – and has been a senior advisor to several federal agencies, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections and National Institute on Drug Abuse. He co-led a workgroup at the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment that developed Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) #44 -- Substance Abuse Treatment for Adults in the Criminal Justice System. As principal investigator on several national research projects, his works have influenced public policy and funding at a national level, beginning with Project REFORM, and the long-term study of exemplary, non-profit operated therapeutic community (TC) programs in state prisons – originally contributing to the base of evidence resulting in the establishment of the federal Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) program for State prisoners.

Justice Reinvestment Initiative Shows Promising Results

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I have worked in the field of addictions with a primary focus on treatment, criminal justice and corrections for more than 40 years. As Spectrum’s Senior Research Advisor, I am pleased to have this opportunity to discuss issues and current trends that have wide-spread relevance. It’s an exciting time at Spectrum as the organization continually refines its programming and seeks to build upon its national presence including program operations throughout Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Washington State.

My first blog involves criminal justice reform which has become a major interest of mine in recent years.   While working as the editor on a special issue of the Prison Journal (2011) designed to inform and support Congressional criminal justice reform efforts, I reviewed an exciting and innovative multi-state project that incorporates proven recidivism reduction policies and provides reinvestment funds for programming targeted to high crime neighborhoods.

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