SMART Policy Briefs

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2021


Key Points

  • Corrections in Tennessee cost over $1 billion annually due to a rising incarceration rate.
  • The State’s increasing incarceration rate is related to the growth in substance misuse which on its own costs Tennessee $2 billion each year and leads to over $1 billion in lost income from a shrinking work force.
  • Prioritizing evidence-based treatment that targets the underlying medical and behavioral issues driving addictive habits for justice-involved individuals could simultaneously address rising recidivism, reincarceration, and growing substance misuse.

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