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ABA Committee - Shift in Drug Strategy Needed

A national drug strategy that relies on the criminal justice system to solve the drug crisis won't work and diverts attention and resources from other needed approaches such as prevention, education and treatment, according to a report released by the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section's Ad Hoc Committee on the Drug Crisis.

The report calls for an immediate shift in the allocation of national drug strategy dollars "away from 70 percent emphasis on law enforcement and towards prevention and treatment."

Among the committee's recommendations: "mandatory treatment of incarcerated drug abusers" and "increased use of intermediate sanctions - those not involving conventional prison sentences."

Source: American Bar Association

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