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New policies suggested to combat drug addiction in California prisons

Inmates in a recreation yard at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. California is trying to address court-ordered reductions in overcrowding with a plan to shift thousands of those convicted of "non-serious" crimes to county jails.

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New state regulations have been suggested to crack down on rampant drug and alcohol abuse in the prison system, but just how big of a problem is addiction behind bars?

Don Thompson of the Associated Press joined Take Two to discuss the statistics from a drug screening last year and details of the proposed new policies.

A prison drug and alcohol use is examined, what are the treatment options available for inmates looking to rid themselves of addiction? And how effective are they?

Susan Foster, vice president and Director of Policy Research and Analysis at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse joins us to discuss.

 


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