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New CASA* Report Reveals Number of Inmates Addicted to and Abusing Drugs and Alcohol and the Prison Costs and Crime Resulting From Failure to Treat Them

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 Alcohol & Drug Abuse News J E 4
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Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Chairman and President of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University and former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, and Susan E. Foster, CASA Vice President and Director of Policy Research and Analysis, will release the findings from CASA's new report, Behind Bars II: Substance Abuse and America's Prison Population on Friday, February 26 at 10:00 a.m. at the Kaiser Family Foundation building, 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

This new CASA report will reveal the number of people in our nation's prisons and jails who meet the medical criteria for substance abuse and addiction and the proportion of inmates who are behind bars for other alcohol or drug related reasons. This report is the first comprehensive analysis undertaken of the extent to which alcohol and other drugs are implicated in the crimes and incarceration of the U.S. inmate population since CASA released its first report on this subject 12 years ago. The new report exposes the extent to which alcohol and other drugs are involved in violent, property and other crimes, the co-occurring health and mental health problems of inmates, and their need for and access to addiction treatment. Recommendations will include cost-effective options for intervention, treatment and aftercare.

This report is of critical importance to taxpayers, governors, judges, prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, state attorneys general, corrections, probation and parole officers, child welfare providers, and anyone who cares about crime and its costs to government. Findings and recommendations in this report present our nation's greatest opportunity to reduce crime and the prison costs that are bankrupting many.

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WHAT: Release of CASA's Behind Bars II: Substance Abuse and America's Prison Population

WHO: Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASA's Chairman and President and former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare; and Susan E. Foster, CASA's Vice President and Director of Policy Research and Analysis.

WHERE: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Building, The Barbara Jordan Conference Center, 2nd Floor, 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

WHEN: Friday, February 26th, 10:00 a.m.

*The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University is neither affiliated with, nor sponsored by, the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (also known as "CASA") or any of its member organizations, or any other organizations with the name of "CASA".

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Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

https://profnet.prnewswire.com/Subscriber/ExpertProfile.aspx?ei=44849

CONTACT: Lauren Duran, +1-212-841-5260, lduran@casacolumbia.org, or Sulaiman Beg, +1-212-841-5213, sbeg@casacolumbia.org, both of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Feb. 16/

SOURCE The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University
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