(Chicago, IL) – February 2, 2011
The editorial concludes, “The state can make improvements… by increasing funding for prison-alternative programs such as drug courts and substance abuse treatment for nonviolent offenders. Each prison inmate costs the state about $25,000 a year, according to Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities. The cost of treating a low-level drug offender, on the other hand, ranges from $4,000 to $7,000.
“Better alternatives to prison are essential.”
Please read the full editorial here.