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Study: To Reduce Drug Use, Stop Putting Drug Offenders In Prison

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Anders Hagstrom Justice Reporter

Imprisoning more drug offenders does nothing to lower drug use or overdose rates, a study conducted by the Pew Charitable Trusts (PCT) concluded Monday.

PCT measured drug imprisonment rates across 48 states in 2014 and found that higher rates of drug imprisonment did not result in lower rates of drug use, lower drug arrests or lower overdose deaths. The organization said in a letter to the White House that its findings strongly suggest that tougher drug sentencing is not an effective deterrent for drug crime.

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