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I really enjoyed this workbook. I feel that it confirmed a lot of my questions I have carried in my mind. It eases my mind knowing that a lot of my feelings were on track. Now I just need to act upon my thoughts and I will be just fine in the future. Thank you!
Female, age 40, Forgery/ Paraphernalia, New Directions Substance Abuse

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The real question is: Can you do it? Is it possible to create a cognitive restructuring curriculum that can actually intervene into a person's well-rehearsed negative scripting and provide alternative thinking? If you can't effectively challenge offenders' self-defeating thoughts and behaviors then your program is ineffective. If it doesn't stay in an individual's memory, then it is a failure. If it doesn't reduce recidivism rates by 20% to 30% , it falls short of the mark. Crime is a serious problem that requires real solutions. Besides law enforcement, incarceration, and the court system, the only other viable deterrent to crime is to change criminal thinking. If we never change criminial thinking, we will never change criminal behavior.

What is exciting comes from the last 20,000 offenders who have been referred to ACCI's  home study program. In this study from evaluations provided by offenders and coaches, it is clear that many offenders are tired of their wasted, unproductive lives and will make permanent changes if given the opportunity. That opportunity comes from exposure to a well-crafted, evidence-based, best practice cognitive restructuring program. Based on our first-hand observations approximately 30% of the nation's offenders fall into that category.  As mentioned before, just a 2% reduction in a state's recidivism rates would result in savings of millions of dollars, not to mention the potential damage suffered by victims.