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ROTW: New York's Rising Tide of Judicial Diversion

Monday, July 15, 2013

A new study from The Center for Court Innovation finds that in the first year after New York adopted "judicial diversion" provisions - giving judges discretion to refer offenders to treatment - nearly 1,400 more drug-addicted offenders were mandated treatment, an increase of 77 percent from the year before. The increase in treatment referrals produced savings of $5,144 per offender, according to the study. The savings were attributed to a drop in re-offending and the fact that many drug treatment programs are inexpensive compared to incarceration.

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