Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
The Effects of California’s Enhanced Drug and Contraband Interdiction Program. Policy Brief
- Author(s): Raphael, Steven
- Lofstrom, Magnus
- Martin, Brandon
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://www.capolicylab.org/californias-enhanced-drug-and-contraband-interdiction-program/
In 2014, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation began a demonstration of theEnhanced Drug and Contraband Interdiction Program at 11 prisons in California. Using data provided bythe Department, this study finds that the intensive version of the program yielded a 23% decline in failurerates of random drug tests over the period studied, and a reduction in the number of cellphone violations,but that these same institutions experienced increased levels of drug-related rules violations. Themoderate program had no discernable impact on drug abuse in the prisons in which it was tested.