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Treat, don’t jail drug users, poll says

January 21, 2017

Most Virginians agree that people who use heroin or abuse prescription drugs should receive treatment, not jail time, according to a statewide poll.

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Ark. legislature looks to tackle prison reform, overcrowding with proposed bill

January 17, 2017

In 2016, reports showed that Arkansas had the highest incarceration rate compared against any other state in the country.

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Drug and related cases keep jail busy, sheriff tells Rotarians

January 16, 2017

Drug addiction continues to be a problem in Gregg County, Sheriff Maxey Cerliano says, one that leads to arrests not just for drugs but other crimes such as family violence and burglary.

Read the rest of this article at the Longview News Journal.

Tennessee Recovery Court Provides Drug Addicts An Alternative To Jail

January 4, 2017

In Roane County, Tenn., the legal and personal costs of the opioid epidemic collide at the county courthouse.

Read the rest of this article at NPR.

State Question 780 & 781: Criminal justice reform measures approved by voters

November 8, 2016

Two state questions targeting criminal justice reform won the approval of Oklahoma voters Tuesday night over the objections of district attorneys.

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Kentucky jail using new drug treatment for inmates addicted to opioids

October 19, 2016

“Me and my brother we turned to stealing and doping,” one Kenton County, Kentucky jail inmate said. “Being a drug addict was something I thought I needed to be,” said another.

Read the rest of this article at CBS News.

Three prison reform ideas drawing bipartisan support

October 18, 2016

The prison reform movement in Michigan – and across much of the nation – is one of the rare issues in this contentious era that attracts support from individuals, public officials and organizations with a wide variety of agendas and political views.

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Drug Dependence: Treatment Over Incarceration

October 3, 2016

Drug dependence has significant direct and indirect costs to society beyond the impact on individuals.

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Alaska Senate passes criminal justice reform bill

September 28, 2016

The Alaska Senate passed a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill Saturday aimed at reducing the state's prison population by reforming bail, sentencing and pretrial supervision, in ways that sponsors say would lead to quicker court dates and shorter prison terms for nonviolent crime.

Read the rest of this article at Alaska Dispatch News.


Rethinking Prison for Drug Offenders: Alternatives to Incarceration

August 3, 2016

Jail and prison overcrowding are a major problem in the U.S. today.

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Q&A with Kris Steele: Purpose of Criminal Justice Propositions

March 16, 2016

An advocacy group, Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, is seeking more than 65,000 signatures by early June to put two measures before voters on November’s ballot.

Read the rest of this article at Oklahmoma Watch.

Massachusetts Chief’s Tack in Drug War: Steer Addicts to Rehab, Not Jail

January 24, 2016

Convinced that addiction is a disease, not a crime or moral failing, he became the unusual law enforcement officer offering heroin users an alternative to prison.

Read the rest of this article at the New York Times.

Decriminalizing Drugs: When Treatment Replaces Prison

December 8, 2015

If one of my children were a drug addict, what would I want for him?

Read the rest of this article at The Opinionator.

The Benefits of Substance Abuse Treatment over Incarceration for Drug Use

March 17, 2015


Aaron is almost 19 and, like most 19-year-olds, loves movies, music, and games. As Aaron’s 19th birthday approaches, thoughts of cake, friends, and a slammin’ party dance in Aaron’s head. But unlike other almost-19-year-olds, Aaron won’t have a birthday because of incarceration for a drug related crime.

Read the rest of this article at Absolute Advocacy.