Correctional Program Assessment Inventory (CPAI)

The Correctional Program Assessment Inventory (CPAI) is a copyrighted instrument designed to be administered by certified evaluators with in-depth knowledge and training in the area of correctional treatment and program evaluation. This entry provides a brief account of the research issues that led to the CPAI’s creation and a description of the instrument and discusses the validity of the instrument and the benefits the measure brings to policy makers and clinicians in corrections to assist them in providing quality services.

Research That Led to the Creation of the CPAI

Until the late 1970s, there was considerable skepticism that psychologically based treatment programs were effective in reducing offender antisocial behavior (e.g., recidivism). This state of affairs was challenged by some psychologists working in the corrections and forensic ...

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