Incarceration or Rehabilitation

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Incarceration or Rehabilitation for Non-Violent Drug Offenders Statistics have proven that incarceration alone is a monetary pitfall and does not deter the cluster of non-violent drug related crimes in this country. We need to create an alternative habilitation pattern for these offenders including an assessment of their mental health, specialized life skills training, and occupational employment assistance: in some cases, in lieu of incarceration and in others, in conjunction with incarceration. Ask yourself these questions: What affect would this type of intense program have on the recidivism rate? Would we be saving tax-payer dollars by producing graduates from drug rehabilitation programs instead of housing repeat criminals? To…show more content…
Would-be employers frown heavily on felony convictions. Family members who are law abiding citizens may ostracize felons. Punishing offenders in these ways can ultimately slow recovery. All we seem to be providing is a continual revolving door for offenders. “Most drug prisoners will return to the community after a couple years away, and will then return to prison because we have not dealt with the complex set of core issues that lead to them ending up incarcerated in the first place” (McVay). We cannot simply arrest our way out of the nation’s drug problem. There must be programs developed which incorporate the structure of prison along with individualized rehabilitation. In Peele’s article, he provides very strong evidence that medically treating abusers is not particularly fruitful. He believes that people who abuse drugs as a way of escaping or dealing with life’s pressures do so because they can’t cope and that it is not a treatable medical problem. He states that approaching the War on Drugs with more treatment will not help us win the battle. These approaches only distract our attention from the real issues of addiction. Peele says that research has proven certain characteristics of the person are crucial to the outcome of the treatment in both alcohol and drug rehabilitation. Assuming that we treat offenders only with a medical disease instead of psychologically, we will not succeed in reducing
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