Office of National Drug Control Policy

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Promote Best Practices as Alternatives to Incarceration
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Fiscal and public safety concerns have motivated State and local policymakers to consider alternatives to incarceration that protect public safety, provide drug treatment, and avoid the costs and consequences of long-term incarceration.

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  While this Strategy has highlighted a variety of alternatives that have demonstrated some level of effectiveness, much more knowledge is needed about what works and what programs can be taken to scale for the large number of  drug offenders who can be safely supervised in the community.  The use of alternatives to incarceration offers a cost-effective means of alleviating the over-reliance on incarceration for drug-involved offenders.  OJP, in consultation with SAMHSA, will continue to promote innovation and evaluate those new and existing programs that hold the promise of reducing incarceration and maintaining public safety.

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