This report comes from the Drug Policy Alliance, directly quoted:

Over the last thirty years, New Jersey’s prison population has grown at an unprecedented rate, driven largely by significant increases in both the use of imprisonment, especially for nonviolent drug offenders, as well as sentence lengths. These policies are economically unsustainable, excessively draconian and, studies have shown, do not even result in lower rates of crime or enhanced public safety.

To address the unacceptable and counterproductive consequences of excessive rates of incarceration, DPA launched the New Solutions Campaign in 2008. The Campaign began by advocating for the reform of New Jersey’s harsh drug free school zone law, which tore apart communities of color and wasted taxpayer money. Read the Drug Alliance report, “Wasting Money, Wasting Lives: Calculating the Hidden Costs of Incarceration in New Jersey” and learn more about winning drug free zone reform.

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