Testing the Cost Savings of Judicial Diversion

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Testing the Cost Savings of Judicial Diversion

Testing the Cost Savings of Judicial Diversion

By Mark S. Waller, Shannon M. Carey, Erin Farley and Michael Rempel

Rockefeller Drug Law Reform, adopted in April 2009, eliminated mandatory prison sentences in New York State for most felony drug offenders and sought to link more felony-level drug and property offenders to treatment. This study looked at the impact of judicial diversion, finding that the new law increased court-ordered treatment participation; reduced incarceration and recidivism among those treated; and increased savings.

Listen to an interview with study co-author Shannon M. Carey

Read a summary of the study

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