Applying Contingency Management in Criminal Justice: Swift, certain, and fair responses to substance use.

Dr. Keith Humphreys

Bush and Obama Administration Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

April 13th 2022 1:30 pm Walker Banner Room

Session Description

Continency management approaches are commonly applied in addiction treatment, providing small, immediate rewards for desired behavior changes.  This same approach is increasingly being used in the criminal justice system, which oversees a population of people with prevalent substance use disorders.  This presentation will highlight evidence-based approaches to applying swift, certain, and fair sanctions for substance use to people on parole or probation, presenting evidence that such programs dramatically reduce substance use, crime, and incarceration, as well having radiating public health and safety benefits.


Keith Humphreys is a Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and is an affiliated faculty member at Stanford Law School and the Stanford Neurosciences Institute. He served as a drug policy advisor in the Bush and Obama White Houses, and currently advises many state and national governments on how scientific evidence can inform policies regarding addiction and other psychiatric disorders. His Wonkblogging focuses mainly on addiction, drug policy, mental health and the criminal justice system.