News Bulletin Released by CURE-NY, November 1997:

 

Drug Treatment and Education Programs which Work!

 

New studies show that Prisoner Reform Programs

can reduce crime and save taxpayers billions!

 

(KATONAH, New York) -- CURE-NY, the New York chapter of the national

prison reform organization Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of

Errants (CURE), recently announced the release of two comprehensive

studies showing that broader use of drug treatment and educational

programs for prisoners would have the potential of greatly reducing

crime and at the same time saving taxpayers billions of dollars each

year.

 

"These CURE-NY reports quantify the very significant benefits of drug

treatment and education programs," said Tom Carper, Governor of the

State of Delaware. "In Delaware, with a continuum of care in our KEY

and Crest Programs, we have proven that quality programs can turn

around lives and reduce crime. These reports also underscore the fact

that prisoner rehabilitation can be a cost effective solution."

 

The first CURE-NY report, entitled 'What Works', cites and provides key

excerpts from 23 studies that support the conclusions that quality drug

treatment programs have been effective in reducing recidivism 36-60%;

and that quality education programs have been effective in reducing

recidivism 22-62%. The study finds that it is a combination of these

two types of programs that has the potential to provide major, long term

benefits.

 

"This report signals a departure from conventional thinking in the way

society and institutions deal with prisoners," said Rudy Cypser, Chairman

of CURE-NY. "For years many people thought rehabilitation didn't work,

and therefore restorative programs were steadily reduced. However, with

the recent introduction of more effective drug and education programs,

rehabilitation is now being looked at as a major part of the solution."

 

The second CURE-NY report, entitled 'The Pay-Back', quantifies the

potential monetary value of achievable reductions in recidivism. The

study, based upon conservative assumptions, yields a realistic estimate

of such potential benefits. The report considers the benefits from lower

recidivism in only two areas: lower prison operating expenses and lower

financial losses to society due to less crime. These projected benefits

alone are shown to amount to billions of dollars per year nationally, and

hundreds of millions of dollars per year in a state like New York.

 

This second report examines the potential savings from four types of

rehabilitation programs:

 

1. Diversions from prison to community-based Intermediate Sanctions. net

savings projected to be over $1.8 billion per year nationally and over

$135 million per year in NY State

 

2. Post Secondary Correctional Education. net savings projected at over

$0.6 billion per year nationally and over $45 million per year in NY State

 

3. Three-Stage Rehabilitation Programs, (Involving prison-based alcohol/drug

treatment and education, reintegration in community-based intermediate

sanctions, and out-patient parole-based aftercare) net savings projected to

be over $1.3 billion per year nationally and over $100 million per year in

NY State

 

4. Earned Rehabilitation Incentive Programs, net savings projected to be

over $1.1 billion per year nationally and over $88 million per year in NY

State

 

"Broader use of these programs can make our cities safer and at the same

time reduce the huge taxpayer burdens from the growing prison systems," said

Cypser.

 

Copies of these two reports are available, at $4 each, from the publisher,

Kim Pathways, Phone (914) 232 1524.

 

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CURE is a non-profit organization that began in Texas in 1972 to reduce

crime through improvements of the criminal justice system. It expanded

to its current national organization in 1985, and now has chapters in 40

states.

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