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June 23, 1969

Institutionalization Patterns Among Civilly Committed Addicts

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From the California Rehabilitation Center, Corona, Calif.

JAMA. 1969;208(12):2297-2301. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160120021005

An examination of institutionalization patterns of 121 civilly committed addicts over a period of 58 to 80 months (approximately 5 to 6 1/2 years) shows that while some succeed in supervised outpatient status, most do not, and those who do not will probably spend a majority of their commitment within the institution during repeated readmissions. We are left with the question whether the limited success of the program justifies such long periods of incarceration.