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Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Cutting Incarceration Costs

Thanks to Idaho Department of Correction District 1 Manager Vincent Rodriquez for forwarding this New York Times editorial from April 10, 2006.

The editorial comments, "A new study by researchers at the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs at the University of California, Los Angeles, shows that nonviolent offenders who complete drug treatment actually save the state money, even though the programs are costly." The editorial does not precisely cite the study, however it appears to be the SACPA Cost Analysis Report (First and Second Years) submitted March 13, 2006. The findings noted in the editorial are under the "Conclutions (sic) and Recommendations" heading which begins on page 21.

Here's a link to a general overview of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute's Integrated Substance Abuse Program webpage. The embedded links are informative.


Anonymous StibitzRK said...

A very interesting post Whitecaps. Seems that there are two different principles in concideration here:
1. Punishment
2. Rehabilitation

I don't believe that long term jail time is the answer to crimes, such as drug use, or other so called "victimless crimes."

I don't believe there are victimless crimes. LOL - Laughing at something that's no laughing matter.

I don't believe that rehabilitation for drug adicts should be paid for by the hard working citizens either.

When are we going to stop rewarding bad behavior?

I have many times been down to the Kootenai County Courthouse to watch first appearances. All too often the charges are drug related.

Maybe we should be more creative with the punishment

6:09 PM, April 10, 2006  

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