Urine Testing in Parole Offices

  • Hugh F. Alcott


Many drug abuse treatment programs outside the criminal justice system use rapid-response urine testing as an integral component of therapeutic counseling. In published reports of such programs, the positive effects of rapid-response testing include better relations between client and counselor (elimination of “games” of denial), stricter control of substance abuse (through the abuser’s understanding that abuse will be quickly and surely detected) and immediate counselor intervention when abuse occurs. The author is a parole agent in Southern California who has been interested in the application of rapid-response urine testing to the treatment and control of drug abuse in the parole system for several years. This article describes a pilot program he helped organize and operate in 1976 and 1977.


Criminal Justice System Urine Testing Pilot Program Parole Office Drug Abuse Treatment Program 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hugh F. Alcott
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  1. 1.Parole & Community Services DivisionUSA

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