By Mary Branham Dusenberry
Prison populations are growing at a time when the fiscal picture in the states is bleak. That growth is cutting into the resources set aside to deal with substance abuse issues.
That creates problems down the line for states, according to speakers at the Interbranch Working Group session, Managing the Addicted Offender, Sunday afternoon. States are taking new approaches to try to deal with the underlying problems for those in the court system because of drug offenses.
“We like any other part of American society have a certain percentage of the population that needs to go away for a very long time because they’re bad people,” said Michael Brown, secretary of Kentucky’s Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.