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The Effects of California’s Enhanced Drug and Contraband Interdiction Program. Policy Brief

  • Author(s): Raphael, Steven
  • Lofstrom, Magnus
  • Martin, Brandon
  • et al.

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.

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