Drug Addiction and Criminal Justice

How should our criminal justice system deal with crimes committed by substance abusers? 

Our guest, UNM Sociology Professor Noah Painter Davis, is presently studying drug diversion and parole/probation programs in NM. The promise of these programs is that we can both help the offender and stop the revolving door by treating the underlying substance use disorder. However, such treatment programs have a relapse rate of 40-60% even in the general population. Do these programs actually reduce crime?

Host Stephen Spitz will raise this as well as the success rate and cost of different diversion, prison, and re-entry programs.

Produced with assistance of Roman Garcia and Lynn Schibeci

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