Substance Abuse

The majority of people in prison and jail have a substance use disorder. Despite the promise demonstrated by some treatment programs for people who are incarcerated, just a fraction of the people who need services for substance abuse receive it. Connecting people incarcerated to treatment programs proven to be effective, prioritizing resources for those nearing release, and encouraging community-based aftercare will ensure better outcomes for people released from prisons and jails, and the communities to which they return.

Substance Abuse FAQs

Providing answers on relevant topics concerning Mental Health, Health and Substance Abuse topics.

Recent Posts

U.S. Capitol

Congress Funds Key Criminal Justice Programs

Congress funded three key programs championed by the Council of State Governments Justice Center as part of an appropriations bill that provided $26.7 billion to support U.S. Department of Justice programs.

Announcements

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Four Sites Selected to Pilot Evidence-Based Tool for Corrections and Treatment Providers

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections; the Pima County (Arizona) Department of Institutional Health; Rockdale County, Georgia; and the City of Wilmington, North Carolina have all been chosen by the CSG Justice Center’s National Reentry Resource Center to pilot the implementation of a web-based decision-support tool for corrections and treatment providers that aims to improve individual and program outcomes through use of evidence-based criminal justice and behavioral health principles.

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AJFO Annual Conference: New Pathways to Resiliency

Hosted by the Connecticut Women’s Consortium, the Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders Conference, “Justice Involved Women and Girls: New Pathways to Resiliency,” offers an opportunity for corrections professionals who work specifically with women and girls involved with the justice system.

Webinars

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Improving Outcomes for Court-Involved Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders

This webinar provides an overview of three briefs that were recently published by National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges on the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders among youth.

Publications

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

OJJDP’s Statistical Briefing Book on Youth

This resource, hosted by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and developed by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, offers access to statistics on a variety of juvenile justice topics at the national, state, and county levels. Such […]

American Jail Association

10 Facts About Women in Jails

This article from the American Jail Association provides an overview of research and practice that point to the unique challenges faced by women who are involved with the justice system.

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Behavior Management of Justice-Involved Individuals

This report from the National Institute of Corrections and the Center for Effective Public Policy provides a policy and practice framework to support the development of effective behavior management systems that will increase the compliance and prosocial behavior of individuals involved with the justice system both during and following community supervision.

Recent headlines

Lawmakers Encourage Bowser to Reconsider Declaring Pot Legal in D.C.

The Washington Post By Aaron C. Davis and Peter Hermann City leaders declared Tuesday that marijuana possession will become legal in the District at 12:01 a.m. Thursday — but warned the public that many pot-related activities will remain illegal, including […]

Jail Population Overlooked in Reform Efforts

In a system that is often overlooked by the public and misused by law enforcement, Blacks account for more than one-third (36 percent) of the jail population, according to a new report from the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonpartisan research and policy group.

Walker Unveils Medicaid Expansion Plan

Alaska Journal of Commerce By Elwood Brehmer Increasing Medicaid access to 41,000 more Alaskans will save the state several million dollars per year according to Gov. Bill Walker’s administration. In the first year of expansion, fiscal year 2016, the State […]

MacArthur Foundation Pledges $75 Million to Fix Jails

To reduce the number of people locked up in local jails around the U.S., the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced plans to give $75 million to local jail officials working on ways to remove nonviolent offenders, people too poor to afford bail and the mentally ill from behind bars.

Obama Seeks More Funding to Fight War on Drugs

President Ronald Reagan wanted people to just say no. Three decades later, President Barack Obama wants to give them the tools. He is asking Congress for $133 million in new funding to fight heroin and prescription drug abuse.