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Criminal Justice


Societies do not have to choose between high levels of incarceration and high crime rates. Crime and incarceration can be reduced simultaneously by adopting better addiction-focused policies. SNAP’s criminal justice initiative disseminates effective policies based on scientific findings about how people make decisions to consume addictive drugs, how those drugs change behavior in the short and long terms, and how addicted criminal offenders respond to different correctional programs.

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Scope of the Problem: Most of the 2.2 million Americans incarcerated in jails or prisons meet medical criteria for an alcohol and/or other drug use disorder. Over a million Americans a year are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs. Between one-quarter  to one-third  of perpetrators are under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs during the commission of  both property and violent crimes Challenges in... Read more
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