Proposal would mandate drug treatment for nonviolent offenders

In the long term, as many as 7,000 people arrested annually could qualify for the program


By Joelle Farrell
The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — Calling addiction a treatable disease, Gov. Christie said Thursday that he would require treatment for nonviolent criminals with drug dependence, a program that would take at least a year to start.

In the meantime, Christie would offer yearlong drug treatment to 1,000 to 1,500 low-level offenders now in prison.

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