Today the grads shared their success
stories with staff in eight San Diego
legislators offices, including Senators
Christine Kehoe and Dennis Hollingsworth.
Prop 36 graduates also shared their criminal
justice and recovery experiences at several
assembly members offices, including
George Plescia, Mark Wyland, Shirley Horton,
Juan Vargas, Lori Saldaña and Ray
Participants in todays Prop 36
San Diego Advocacy Day are all in recovery
rather than jail thanks to Prop 36. They
represent some of the over 140,000 Californians
that have entered treatment through the
program in just four yearsand some
of the 60,000 that will have graduated
by July 1, 2006. Also by that date, the
program will have saved taxpayers between
$800 million and $1.3 billion.
Prop 36 graduates that participated in
todays Prop 36 Advocacy Day are
concerned that other Californians wont
get the opportunities they did if funding
for Prop 36 drug treatment is allowed
to end on June 30, 2006. They warned San
Diego legislators today that unless Prop
36 drug treatment is sufficiently funded,
people who are suffering from addiction
might not receive adequate care in the
program, which would greatly jeopardize
their chances at successful recovery.
A New PATH and the Drug Policy Alliance,
sponsors of the event, helped lead the
campaign to pass Prop 36 in 2000 and continue
to work to protect the program.
A recent report by the University of California
at Los Angeles showed that Prop 36 actually
saved the state moneyan average
of $2.50 for every $1 invested. For program
completers, like those who met with their
legislators today, the savings was even
higher, at $4 for every $1 invested.
A recent Justice Policy Institute study
showed that, in the five years since Prop
36 was approved, California prisons saw
a 32 percent drop in the number of people
incarcerated for drug possession and the
violent crime rate in California dropped
at a faster rate than other states.