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Default Drug Treatment Program Lowers Jail Population

Taxpayers are saving hundreds of millions of dollars because of Prop. 36's success, study says.

By J. Michael Kennedy, Times Staff Writer
April 13, 2006

The state's 6-year-old program that mandates treatment instead of prison sentences for drug offenders is dramatically decreasing California's jail population and saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a study released Wednesday.

The study, prepared by the left-leaning Justice Policy Institute in Washington, echoes another report released by UCLA earlier this month that also touted huge taxpayer savings through doing away with prison sentences in favor of treatment. That report said the program, which was passed by voters in 2000 as Proposition 36, saved California $173 million in its first year and $2.50 for every dollar invested since then.

Full article http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...nes-california

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