The central purpose of this research was to evaluate the Lucas County, Ohio Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime (TASC) program for adult clients. The principal investigator was Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Melissa W. Burek, Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in conjunction with Stacey Rychener, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Evaluation Services and associates at BGSU. Co-author of the report that follows was Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Christine Englebrecht, Ph.D., also of BGSU. Data collection for the project began in January 2009 and completed in late March of same year.
We had three general objectives for this evaluation study:
- To identify the extent to which TASC participants complete treatment compared to non-TASC participants
- To ascertain significant factors related to TASC program completion
- To identify the extent of recidivism for TASC participants compared to non-TASC participants
In general, compared to the probation-only sample, simply participating in TASC on some level led to decreased problem behaviors. This finding is definitely something for which Director Sylak and his staff should be commended and supported to continue for the communities in Lucas County and Toledo, Ohio. TASC is a promising program and has already demonstrated its effectiveness since the first evaluation study.
Burek, Melissa W. and Englebrecht, Christine M., "Evaluation of Adult Lucas County Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime, Inc. (TASC): Outcomes Related to Program Completion" (2009). Criminal Justice Faculty Publications. 116.