Peter Reuter

University of Maryland

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

January 2011If Drug Treatment Works So Well, Why Are So Many Drug Users in Prison?
with Harold Pollack, Eric L. Sevigny: w16731
This paper examines the effectiveness of drug courts to reduce the size of the incarcerated drug-offending population using data from the Survey of Inmates in State Correctional Facilities and the Survey of Inmates in Local Jails. We find that very few of those entering state prison in 2004 or jail in 2002 would have been eligible for drug diversion through state drug courts. The policy implication is that drug courts and other diversion programs require substantial redesign if they are to contribute to a reduction in the incarcerated population.
July 2010If Drug Treatment Works So Well, Why Are So Many Drug Users in Prison?
with Harold Pollack, Eric Sevigny
in Controlling Crime: Strategies and Tradeoffs, Philip Cook, Jens Ludwig, Justin McCrary, editors
August 2008Why the DEA STRIDE Data are Still Useful for Understanding Drug Markets
with Jeremy Arkes, Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, Susan M. Paddock, Jonathan P. Caulkins: w14224
In 2001, use of the STRIDE data base for the purposes of analyzing drug prices and the impact of public policies on drug markets came under serious attack by the National Research Council (Manski et al., 2001; Horowitz, 2001). While some of the criticisms raised by the committee were valid, many of the concerns can be easily addressed through more careful use of the data. In this paper, we first disprove Horowitz's main argument that prices are different for observations collected by different agencies within a city. We then revisit other issues raised by the NRC and discuss how certain limitations can be easily overcome through the adoption of random coefficient models of drug prices and by paying serious attention to drug form and distribution levels. Although the sample remains a co...
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