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Treatment for all offenders incarcerated with substance involved crimes.

80 percent or more of all adult and juvenile offenders were arrested or incarcerated for crimes linked to substance use or addiction; 66 percent of adult inmates and 44 percent of juvenile arrestees meet the diagnostic criteria for alcohol or other drug abuse and addiction. In 2005, federal, state and local governments spent $74 billion on incarceration, court proceedings, probation and parole for substance-involved adult and juvenile offenders. In contrast, these governments spent less than one percent of that amount --$632 million--on prevention and treatment for such offenders. Only 11 percent of adult inmates with substance use disorders and less than four percent of substance involved juvenile offenders receive any type of treatment during incarceration; few of those receive evidence-based care. Without treatment, the odds are that substance-involved offenders will end up back in prison. But before they do they will be living in our neighborhoods and commiting crimes that never have to happen. Treatment Works! Evidence shows that for every dollar spent on treatment
taxpayers would save $12 dollars in reduced substance-related crime and criminal justice and health care costs. More importantly we would be treating their primary disease and allowing offenders to re-enter society as productive members, not burdens to their communities. Addiction is a disease. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University- Behind Bars 11: Substance Abuse and America's Prison Population casacolumbia.org released February 2010. Please help in making treatment available to all those who so desperately need it and stop the vicious cycle of recidivism. The research has been done; the evidence is there. The disease of addiction effects the whole family. With your help we can Stop the vicious cycle of addiction, and start saving lives instead of destroying them.

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