American Journal of Criminal Justice

, Volume 44, Issue 3, pp 395–408 | Cite as

An Outcome Evaluation of a Substance Abuse Program for Probationers: Findings from a Quasi-Experimental Design

  • Meghan E. Hollis
  • Wesley G. JenningsEmail author
  • Shannon Hankhouse


The current study provides an evaluation of a substance abuse treatment program for probationers in a county in the state of Texas. Relying on a quasi-experimental design with a propensity score matched sample of 69 treatment group subjects and 69 control group subjects, the results revealed that while a significant treatment effect was observed for program participants in terms of a reduction in recidivism, a significant treatment effect on the percentage of people failing drug tests or the rate of failed drug tests was not detected. Study limitations and implications are also discussed.


Probation Recidivism Substance abuse Treatment Propensity score matching 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meghan E. Hollis
    • 1
  • Wesley G. Jennings
    • 2
    Email author
  • Shannon Hankhouse
    • 3
  1. 1.Ronin InstituteHillsboroUSA
  2. 2.School of Criminal Justice, College of Applied ArtsTexas State UniversitySan MarcosUSA
  3. 3.Tarleton State UniversityStephenvilleUSA

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