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Behind Bars II: Substance Abuse and America’s Prison Population

It is no coincidence that of the 2.3 million inmates in U.S. prisons, 65 percent — 1.5 million — meet the DSM-IV medical criteria for alcohol or other drug abuse and addiction. Another 20 percent — 458,000 — even though they don’t meet the DSM-IV medical criteria for alcohol and other drug abuse and addiction nevertheless were substance involved; i.e., were under the influence of alcohol or other drugs at the time of their offense, stole money to buy drugs, are substance abusers, violated the alcohol or drug laws, or share some combination of these characteristics. This report, Behind Bars II: Substance Abuse and America’s Prison Population, uncovers these troubling facts and, even more disturbingly, finds that the situation has been getting worse since The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University issued its first report on this subject, Behind Bars, just over a decade ago.

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