State & Federal Inmates Needing vs. Receiving Substance Abuse Treatment

  • By 1996, the estimated number of inmates in state and federal prisons who needed treatment had risen to 840,000, representing a steady increase since 1990
  • Less than 1 in 5 of these inmates received any form of substance abuse treatment
  • On average, states spend roughly 5% of their prison operating budgets on drug and alcohol treatment services Source: CASA, 1998