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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Alternatives to Incarceration are Cheaper

Suffolk County, New York, is faced with a $286 million proposal to build a new jail.  Michael Jacobson, Director of the Vera Institute of Justice, has another idea: Follow the lead of New York City and reduce the jail population.  Other jurisdictions considering alternatives to incerceration include Wisconsin, exploring non-prison corrections for substance abusers, and Christian groups in Kentucky, which are spending their own money for drug treatment before individuals wind up in the justice system. [Jack Chin]

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