Policy Studies


When Arrest Isn’t Best: Creating A Culture of Police-Led, Pre-Arrest Diversion
Christi Smith


Across the nation, jails and prisons are primarily occupied by individuals experiencing mental health conditions, substance-related issues and housing and employment instability. The…

Administrative Patent Challenges and Drug Prices
Charles Duan


Patents figure prominently in the policy conversation over skyrocketing drug prices and the increasing unaffordability of American health care. Commentators have raised questions…

The Fight to Increase Life Expectancy for HIV-Positive People Who Smoke
Pritika C. Kumar & Damon Jacobs

Smoking is one of the leading causes of mortality worldwide.

Smoking rates among those living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) are…

How Juvenile Justice “Deflection” Programs Reduce Crime and Save Money
Marc Hyden & Steven Greenhut

During periods of surging crime or intense public concern about crime, politicians ramp up their tough-on-crime rhetoric—often focusing their ire on young offenders whom they depict…

Overview of Juvenile Deflection in the United States: A State-by-State Comparison
Sarah Anderson & Lisel Petis & Jillian Snider


Over the past few decades, juvenile crime (i.e., “delinquency”), arrests and confinement have begun to decline—a trend that directly correlates with states and localities moving…

Harm Reduction at the Pharmacy
Chelsea Boyd


In many areas, pharmacies are among the most accessible locations to receive healthcare. In fact, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and…

Uncovering Policies That Prevent Syringe Services and Related Harm Reduction Programs from Meeting Community Needs
Stacey McKenna

Executive Summary
To combat rising rates of drug overdoses, the United States government has begun to embrace a public health response that has been saving lives for decades: harm reduction….

How Federal Cannabis Legalization Can Restore Police Legitimacy and Enhance Public Safety
Christi Smith & Jillian Snider

After 115 years of prohibition, the legal status of cannabis in the United States is at a tipping point. Significant advances in state-level cannabis legalization have been made in the past decade,…

The Facts about To-Go Alcohol and Drunk Driving: The Covid-19 Experience
C. Jarrett Dieterle

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the concept of to-go alcohol was largely unheard of in America. Certain locales, such as New Orleans, offered so-called “go-cups” for alcoholic…

Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy For Treating Mental Health Disorders
Chelsea Boyd

In the United States, half of all people will be diagnosed with a mental health disorder in their lifetime, and depression is the leading cause of years of life lost due to…

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