Research • Policy • Practice
American University Logo

More Imprisonment Does Not Reduce State Drug Problems

More Imprisonment Does Not Reduce State Drug Problems

PUBLICATION YEAR

2018

TOPICS

Advocacy

RESOURCE TYPES

Issues Brief, Report

COURT TYPES

Unknown

Resource Description

As the U.S. confronts a growing epidemic of opioid misuse, policymakers and public health officials need a clear understanding of whether, how, and to what degree imprisonment for drug offenses affects the nature and extent of the nation’s drug problems. To explore this question, The Pew Charitable Trusts examined publicly available 2014 data from federal and state law enforcement, corrections, and health agencies. The analysis found no statistically significant relationship between state drug imprisonment rates and three indicators of state drug problems: self-reported drug use, drug overdose deaths, and drug arrests.

Attachments

File Description File size

pdf

PSPP_More_Imprisonment_Does_Not_Reduce_State_Drug_Problems

6 MB

Attachments

File Description File size
pdf PSPP_More_Imprisonment_Does_Not_Reduce_State_Drug_Problems 6 MB