New JPI Study Links Drug Treatment to Public Safety

Last summer, at the end of August, the Justice Policy Institute released a short policy report called “Education and Public Safety,” which showed that states that invest more in education have lower rates of violent crime and incarceration. “Employment, Wages and Public Safety,” which drew a direct line from increases in employment rates and wages to increases in public safety, followed at the end of September. The third in the series, on housing (pop quiz: do increased opportunities for affordable housing increase or decrease public safety?), came out in November. Today the Justice Policy Institute released the fourth and final report, this one linking the availability of substance abuse treatment programs to decreases in crime. You can download the report and/or read the press release here.

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