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    • After four years on the job, Pompilio said there has been a significant drop in repeat 911 calls with approximately 15 percent fewer people going to jail.

      Now retired, former Alexandria Police Department chief Mike Ward said the results were immediate both for people in need and taxpayers.

      “It was close to a $45,000 to $50,000 annual savings from hiring a police officer the first time to hiring a social worker,” Ward said. “They (police social workers) started solving problems for people in our community and for our agency that we’ve never been able to solve before.”

      Interesting article on a Kentucky city’s experiment.

    • Incarceration rates in the USA are out of control. They should get rid of for profit prisons for starters. Keep releasing people who have been incarcerated for minor repeat drug charges and so on. There’s been some recent movement in that direction. Not too long ago California spent more on incarceration that education! Not sure what the current comparison is. If you compare Canada’s health care and social welfare system to the USA you begin to see how the USA could improve. Other Scandinavian countries even compare more favourably than the Canadian system.