Costs and Benefits? The Impact of Drug Incarceration in New Jersey

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October 1, 2003
Schiraldi, Vincent and Ziedenberg, Jason
A Justice Policy Institute Report Commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance

Costs and Benefits? The Impact of Drug Incarceration in New Jersey   -- a report commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance and conducted by the Justice Policy Institute -- quantifies the impact of drug imprisonment in New Jersey. The overall picture that emerges from New Jersey is similar to other states: high rates of imprisonment of drug offenders have had a significant impact on the state's economic and social life, as well as on the incarcerated, their families and communities. There is evidence that the cost of imprisoning drug offenders is not necessarily producing the benefit in declining drug use state policymakers expect to realize.

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