Thursday, December 13, 2012

Obama keeps promise to send first-time nonviolent drug offenders to rehab over jail

  • PolitiFact is giving Obama a “promise kept” on this one.
  •  Compared to traditional criminal justice system processing, treatment and other investment costs averaged $1,392 lower per drug court participant. Reduced recidivism and other long-term program outcomes resulted in public savings of $6,744 on average per participant (or $12,218 if victimization costs are included).
  •  There are approximately 2,700 drug courts. The administration estimates that we are now sending about 120,000 people to treatment instead of jail. 

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