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ERIC Number: ED463475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Substance Abuse Treatment and Arrests: Analyses from Washington State. DSHS Research and Data Analysis Division Fact Sheet.
Luchansky, Bill; He, Lijian; Longhi, Dario
This fact sheet uses treatment records from the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, in conjunction with records from the Washington State Patrol to examine the criminal justice involvement of persons before and after treatment for substance abuse. The study population was 10,284 clients between the ages of 18 and 64, who began and ended publicly-funded treatment in 1995. Figures were obtained for number of arrests for any offense in the year before and after treatment. A 21% decline was noted in the number of arrests following treatment. Also, a decline of 33% was noted for felony offenses in the year after treatment. The analyses presented provide support for the theory that treatment can reduce the impact of substance abuse on the criminal justice system. (JDM)
Washington State Alcohol/Drug Clearinghouse, 3700 Rainier Ave. South, Ste. A, Seattle, WA 98144. Tel: 800-662-9111 (Toll Free); e-mail:; Web site: For full text: http://
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services, Seattle. Div. of Alcohol and Substance Abuse.
Authoring Institution: Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services, Olympia. Office of Research and Data Analysis.
Identifiers - Location: Washington