Connecticut is closing alternative programs for drug addicts in order to save money in the short run. It is sacrificing long term budgetary concerns by virtually guaranteeing that the convicts will be back time and again. Of course, it does guarantee that there will be steady employment in those communities which host jails and/or prisons.
They should at least try to get their drug courts back online. Drug courts are about the only program everyone thinks effective and it is a shame to lose them.