Research

Drug Policy

Billion Dollar Divide: Virginia's Sentencing, Corrections and Criminal Justice Challenge
Billion Dollar Divide points to racial disparities, skewed fiscal priorities, and missed…
Virginia's Justice System: Expensive, Ineffective and Unfair
Virginia's Justice System: Expensive, Ineffective and Unfair points to reforms that, if…
Incarceration Generation Timeline
The Justice Policy Institute's 2013 published "Incarceration Generation," a coffee-table book of…
Addicted to Courts: How a Growing Dependence on Drug Courts Impacts People and Communities
Report investigating the phenomenon of drug courts and providing alternatives to better address…
Judging Maryland: Baltimore Judges on Effective Solutions to Working with Substance Abusers in the Criminal Justice System
In 2004, Maryland lawmakers enacted a set of reforms designed to expand options available to…
Substance Abuse Treatment and Public Safety
Community-based substance abuse treatment reduces crime rates and helps states reduce corrections…
Maryland's Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentencing Laws: Their Impact on Incarceration, State Resources and Communities of Color
Mandatory minimum drug sentences fall hardest on communities of color, with nearly nine out of ten…
Progress and Challenges: An Analysis of Drug Treatment and Imprisonment in Maryland from 2000 to 2005
In 2004, Maryland lawmakers enacted a set of reforms designed to expand the options available to…
Proposition 36: Five Years Later
While the United States still carries the dubious distinction of leading the world in imprisonment,…
Efficacy and Impact: The Criminal Justice Response to Marijuana Policy in the United States
There is no clear relationship between drug arrests and drug use, and the impact of increased…
Treatment or Incarceration: National and State Findings on the Efficacy and Cost Savings of Drug Treatment Versus Imprisonment
This policy brief will survey research that shows that, on the whole, providing drug offenders with…
Treatment or Incarceration: National and State Findings on the Efficacy and Cost Savings of Drug Treatment Versus Imprisonment
This policy brief will survey research that shows that, on the whole, providing drug offenders with…
Cost and Benefits? The Impact of Drug Imprisonment in New Jersey
Of the country’s 2 million prisoners,450,000 are incarcerated in prison or jail for drug…
Drug Policies in the State of Michigan—Economic Effects
At a cost of approximately $28,000 per person, the State of Michigan currently spends in excess of…
Poor Prescription: The Cost of Imprisoning Drug Offenders in the United States
Americans will spend nearly $40 billion on prisons and jails in the year 2000. Almost $24 billion…

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