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Diverting recently released state prison offenders who abuse substances to treatment would reduce crime and save billions.

Zarkin, Gary A. and Cowell, Alexander J. (2015) Diverting recently released state prison offenders who abuse substances to treatment would reduce crime and save billions. USApp - American Politics and Policy Blog (05 Nov 2015). Website.

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Abstract

Nearly one third of state prison inmates use drugs at the time of their offense, and more than half show signs of drug dependence or abuse. In new research which models substance abuse and crime as people move in and out of the prison system Gary A. Zarkin and Alexander J. Cowell examine the lifetime costs and benefits of diverting non-violent substance abusers from prison to community-based treatment. They find that those who complete community-based treatment commit fewer crimes by the end of the first year of the program, and that as a whole the program could save more than $14 billion for the criminal justice system and have lifetime social benefits of $25 billion.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s) CC BY-NC 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 11:06
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2020 23:13
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/75897

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