Report: Treatment reduces cost of crime

Posted: Thursday, February 05, 2009

JUNEAU - A research branch of the University of Alaska has concluded that prisoner education and substance-abuse treatment would result in long term savings to the state.

Authors of the Institute of Social and Economic Research study presented their findings to a legislative committee this week.

The study said expanding the state's prisoner programs would save money in the long run by incarcerating fewer people and delaying prison construction costs.

The study estimated the state would save more than $300 million in the next 20 years.

The study was done at the request of Senate Judiciary Committee Co-chairman Hollis French, an Anchorage Democrat.

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