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If Drug Treatment Works so Well, Why are so Many Drug Users in Prison?


Harold A Pollack


University of Chicago - School of Social Service Administraton

Peter H. Reuter


University of Maryland

Eric Sevigny


University of South Carolina

January 2011

NBER Working Paper No. w16731

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This paper examines the effectiveness of drug courts to reduce the size of the incarcerated drug-offending population using data from the Survey of Inmates in State Correctional Facilities and the Survey of Inmates in Local Jails. We find that very few of those entering state prison in 2004 or jail in 2002 would have been eligible for drug diversion through state drug courts. The policy implication is that drug courts and other diversion programs require substantial redesign if they are to contribute to a reduction in the incarcerated population.

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Date posted: February 7, 2011  

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Pollack, Harold A and Reuter, Peter H. and Sevigny, Eric, If Drug Treatment Works so Well, Why are so Many Drug Users in Prison? (January 2011). NBER Working Paper No. w16731. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1755449

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Harold A Pollack (Contact Author)
University of Chicago - School of Social Service Administraton ( email )
969 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
Peter H. Reuter
University of Maryland ( email )
College Park, MD 20742
United States
Eric Sevigny
University of South Carolina ( email )
Columbia, SC 29208
United States
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