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In Memphis, MRT makes a difference., an online Memphis news Web site, reported on the history and current trends involving moral reconation therapy (MRT), an inmate rehabilitation program developed by Memphis psychologists Greg Little and Kenneth Robinson. It was first used in 1985 as part of the Shelby County (Tenn.) Correction Center's drug abuse program. In 1987, the psychologists turned it into a formal treatment method with workbooks and group therapy sessions. The word "reconation" comes from the archaic term conation, which was replaced in 1930s by the word "ego." Conation was used to refer to the conscious decision-making part of the personality. Like a 12-step drug or alcohol program, inmates have to start by admitting their weaknesses. Then, in workbooks and group therapy, inmates are confronted with choices that grow more and more complex. As they debate the choices, inmates are made to think about how they make decisions.

"Logic doesn't apply to offenders," Little said. "The bulk of offenders, 60 to 90 percent, have diagnosable antisocial personality disorders, and most people with anti-social personality disorders abuse alcohol or drugs."

Little says inmates treated with MRT reduce their risk of recidivating by up to 60 percent in the short term with rates leveling off at about 20 percent after 10 years.

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Title Annotation:News Briefs; moral reconation therapy
Author:Gormsen, Lia
Publication:Corrections Today
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U6TN
Date:Aug 1, 2009
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