Drug Crime and the Criminal Justice System:

The Situation in the State of Michigan and Cities of Detroit and Adrian

T-GGD-90-25: Published: Mar 19, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 1990.

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GAO assessed drug crime and its impacts on criminal justice systems, focusing on Michigan state and local officials' current steps to address drug crime. GAO noted that: (1) in 1988, Detroit metropolitan area drug crime arrests increased to 11,000, up 156 percent over 1985; (2) in 1988, statewide drug crime arrests increased to 27,000, up 70 percent over 1985; (3) increased drug arrests increased judicial and treatment center work loads; (4) jail and prison facilities had become more overcrowded, and half were over their capacity; (5) one county was releasing 900 inmates weekly because of a court order prohibiting overcrowding; (6) to alleviate overcrowding problems, various jurisdictions established probation programs for nonrepetitive offenders; and (7) Michigan had developed various prison alternatives.

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