Drug treatment programs for criminal offenders can provide significant cost savings to the criminal justice system and reduce recidivism rates. Treatment programs have also been shown to reduce overdose deaths after release from prison. One recent federal study found a five-fold return to the public on investments in drug rehabilitation programs for offenders. However, treatment programs vary widely in intensity and approach.
This video provides background on the issue, described in further detail in our report Rethinking Rehabilitation: Improving Outcomes for Drug-Addicted Offenders in Utah.