Study: Drug courts could reduce prison population

Friday, May 30, 2008 | 9:13 p.m. CDT; updated 1:33 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

ST. LOUIS — It would cost the United States $14 billion to create a national network of drug courts to steer criminals into addiction treatment rather than prison. But the investment could ultimately save the public $46 billion over the long run, according to a study released here Friday.