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There’s no denying that substance use and addiction is rampant in our justice system. As of 2005, this health problem was involved in the crimes of 1.9 million inmates -- 85% of the U.S. prison and jail population. That number is staggering. Here are five facts that you need to know about the relationship between substance use and addiction and criminal justice.
The time for change is now. Prisons must employ trained health care professionals to screen, assess and treat these offenders and provide care for co-occurring physical and mental health problems. For more information on how we can improve addiction treatment in America’s prisons, check out Behind Bars II: Substance Abuse and America's Prison Population.