|Benefit-Cost Summary Statistics Per Participant|
|Taxpayers||$2,677||Benefits minus costs||$9,778|
|Participants||$96||Benefit to cost ratio||n/a|
|Others||$5,139||Chance the program will produce|
|Indirect||$1,794||benefits greater than the costs||66%|
|Net program cost||$71|
|Benefits minus cost||$9,778|
|Meta-Analysis of Program Effects|
|Outcomes measured||Treatment age||No. of effect sizes||Treatment N||Adjusted effect sizes(ES) and standard errors(SE) used in the benefit - cost analysis||Unadjusted effect size (random effects model)|
|First time ES is estimated||Second time ES is estimated|
Any criminal conviction according to court records, sometimes measured through charges, arrests, incarceration, or self-report.
Illicit drug use disorder
Clinical diagnosis of illicit drug use disorder or symptoms measured on a validated scale. When possible, we exclude cannabis/marijuana use disorder from this outcome.
Illicit drug use^
Adult use of illicit drugs that does not rise to the level of “disordered.” When possible, we exclude cannabis/marijuana use from this outcome.
Violations of the conditions of an individual’s terms of probation, parole, or supervision.
|Detailed Monetary Benefit Estimates Per Participant|
|Affected outcome:||Resulting benefits:1||Benefits accrue to:|
|Crime||Criminal justice system||$2,535||$0||$5,028||$1,267||$8,830|
|Illicit drug use disorder||Labor market earnings associated with illicit drug abuse or dependence||$27||$62||$0||($13)||$76|
|Health care associated with illicit drug abuse or dependence||$108||$17||$111||$54||$291|
|Mortality associated with illicit drugs||$7||$17||$0||$450||$474|
|Program cost||Adjustment for deadweight cost of program||$0||$0||$0||$36||$36|
|Detailed Annual Cost Estimates Per Participant|
|Annual cost||Year dollars||Summary|
|Program costs||$4,286||2015||Present value of net program costs (in 2018 dollars)||$71|
|Comparison costs||$4,353||2015||Cost range (+ or -)||10%|
Benefits Minus Costs
Benefits by Perspective
Taxpayer Benefits by Source of Value
|Benefits Minus Costs Over Time (Cumulative Discounted Dollars)|
|The graph above illustrates the estimated cumulative net benefits per-participant for the first fifty years beyond the initial investment in the program. We present these cash flows in discounted dollars. If the dollars are negative (bars below $0 line), the cumulative benefits do not outweigh the cost of the program up to that point in time. The program breaks even when the dollars reach $0. At this point, the total benefits to participants, taxpayers, and others, are equal to the cost of the program. If the dollars are above $0, the benefits of the program exceed the initial investment.|
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