Drug treatments in criminal justice settings.

The Psychiatric clinics of North America

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Nordstrom BR, Williams AR. Drug treatments in criminal justice settings. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2012;35(2):375-91.
The available evidence suggests that drug treatment can lead to modest, but real, reductions in criminal offending for drug-using criminal offenders. Considering the scope of the problem of drug-related crime and the expense of dealing with these issues, even marginal improvements can lead to important aggregate savings in both economic and humanitarian terms. More randomized, controlled trials of drug treatment in criminal justice programs will lead to a more sophisticated understanding of what kind of treatment works best for this group.