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June 19, 2007
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California Legislators Show Support for Treatment-not-Incarceration

In late May, two California legislative subcommittees sent a message of support for treatment when they rejected Governor Schwarzenegger's plans to slash funding for Prop. 36, the state's voter-enacted, treatment-instead-of-incarceration law. The six-year-old program makes drug treatment available to tens of thousands of people convicted of nonviolent drug offenses each year and has already saved taxpayers over $1.7 billion.

At separate hearings in late may the Assembly Budget Subcommittee voted to keep funding flat at $145 million and the Senate Budget Subcommittee voted to increase funding to $180 million. The subcommittee's recommendation to increase funding for Prop. 36 suggests that legislators are heeding the advice of policy experts and treatment providers who say that more resources are needed.

In a study released in April, researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles showed that Prop. 36 needs a minimum level of funding of $228.6 million to provide adequate treatment to generate greater cost savings. More funding translates into more treatment options, longer treatment durations and, if the money is spent in the right way, higher rates of success.


 


 
Common Sense for Drug Policy
 
California Society of Addiction Medicine
 
California State Association of Counties
 

Read commentary from Oliver H., a Prop 36 graduate.

 
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Over a dozen Proposition 36 fact sheets are available for download. Topics include: the Effectiveness of Drug Treatment, Drug Courts/Deferred Entry, and the California Correctional System.
 
County-by-County
breakdowns of the 2000 initiative votes
 
For background on the Prop. 36 campaign and other votes nationwide for drug policy reform, see:

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