Crime Reduction

Alternatives to Prison
ACCI Life Skills Classes Reduce Recidivism

Alternatives to prison, such as life skills classes conducted using ACCI's curricula, help relieve the pressure on correctional facilities. ACCI's cognitive life skills workbooks are proven to reduce recidivism rates, thereby providing useful, effective alternatives to prison.

ACCI is a world leader in new and innovative community corrections programs for youth and adults in both group and home study formats. After 30 years of group intervention with the criminal element, we clearly understand the problem and have found solutions to address them.
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ACCI’s goal is to reduce drug crimes and recidivism rates by helping offenders overcome self-deception, faulty thinking and self-defeating thoughts and behaviors. We do this by developing life skills workbooks and training materials that use state-of-the-art science. The results are less crime, better citizens, and safer communities.

We use many techniques to accomplish our community corrections goals as explained in this web site. We are unique and totally different in our approach to solving criminal activity, substance abuse, low self-esteem, anger, self-deception and many other self defeating thoughts and behaviors.

Are we successful? Yes, thanks to the many talented instructors and staff. Working together everyone provided a synergistic effort in producing living, life changing curriculum. The results can be measured in consistent and duplicated outcomes that show recidivism rates below 10% and lowered court dockets. See Results.

Our first twenty years saw great improvements as we facilitated thousands of offenders in many states. The greatest teacher is always experience. Our lifeskills group classes became our behavioral science laboratories where we were able to evaluate many group techniques and cognitive intervention models. The result is today's workbooks.

During the next five years, our workbooks went through transformations which included strengthening the cognitive restructuring components as well as introducing techniques like historical fiction. The next five years got very exciting as we explored a new, powerful research into what has become known as a person's "personal way of being," i.e.: resistive vs. responsive.

We invite you to browse our web site. We are sure you will find it very interesting. Besides the two basic options of Home Study or Group, there is a third option that is a hybrid between the two. Call us, we can offer helpful suggestions on how to maximize the effectiveness of our programs.

Skeptical? That's okay, but don't let it close your mind to new ideas. Think outside the box! Don't pre-judge; stay open minded. You owe it to your clients to give them the very best and together we can offer them a great opportunity for change.

What success are you having now?

  • Are you using or referring your clients to the 95% of programs that don't work?
  • What are your goals?
  • What results are you having now?
  • Are your current efforts reducing or reversing crime and criminal behavior?
  • Or, are you stagnant or getting worse?
  • Would you like to change lives and lower recidivism rates?
  • Would you like the satisfaction of seeing your clients change?
  • Would you like to maximize your time and efforts?

There is no perfect solution or panacea, and not every one who is exposed to our form of cognitive restructuring will change. However, if we can't change them, they are most likely beyond change. Doing right or wrong is a choice and some people choose to do wrong.


Student, Nathan, age 19, Adult Substance Abuse Course for Home Study:
   "It felt like I have talked to a drug counselor. I was surprised how much the stories in this book wanted to make me cry. I have family like some of the people in this book, and it made me realize how stupid I was. I have already seen what drugs can do, why was I doing them?"

Student, Erica, age 27, Lifeskills Offender Corrections for Home Study:
   "I learned a lot. I've had a very hard childhood growing up. Married at a young age, I became a young mother. I didn't know how to forgive the ones that hurt me as a child. I never knew how to control my anger against my kids. This workbook has taught me how to be a much better person."

Student, Joseph, age 26, Adult Substance Abuse Course for Home Study:
   "I though it was a good idea to use real people's stories. I felt this helped myself relate, and it also helped myself realize that I have chosen to go down some of the same roads these people have. I definitely believe by spending so much time on this workbook it made me think a lot more than if it had just been something easy to do. I appreciate this workbook."

Student, age 27, Lifeskills Offender Corrections for Home Study:
   "I actually really enjoyed having to do this workbook. It was a good thing for me to have to answer all the questions and I really think about how screwed up my life had become. I'm now on my way to fixing it and becoming who I know I should be."

Read more actual student evaluations.

Read why most life skills programs don't work.

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