Non-Violent Drug Offenders -Porp. 36

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Have you heard the phrase "prisons are over populated!"? Statistics show 21.2% of low level drug offenders, that are incarcerated, do not have any current or prior violence in their records, no involvement in sophisticated criminal activity and no prior commitment. (USDOJ) Could this be the problem of prisons being over populated? There are many factors that need to be considered when looking for other possible methods of dealing with non-violent drug offenders. Some lawmakers believe the only way to deal with these offenders is to lock them up for long periods of time, while other feel the solution lies within treatment facilities and expanded social programs. With both sides having valid points we must then evaluate what is the…show more content…
Before the introduction of mandatory minimum sentences in serious drug cases, federal judges were able to use their own discretion to impose whatever sentences that they felt appropriate, in their personal view, up to the statutory maximum. Each individual judge differs in their personal views about crime and sentencing, the sentences they imposed for similar offenses by similar defendants varied widely. (War on Drugs) Even with mandatory sentencing there are offenders that are sentenced in prison for way more time then they should have. There are offenders that would benefit more if they were allowed to stay within their community and get the treatment and resources that they need to live a productive life. These offenders would then have the chance to be in their children's lives and hopefully work to make sure that their children do not follow in their steps. What about non-violent offenders learning new "tricks" if they are incarcerated. The whole point is to rehabilitate the offenders not have them learn when they are too deterred from the life of crime. One way that could help is to have more probation officers in order to watch over the offenders so that we could keep the non-violent drug offenders within the communities. I do not think that non-violent offender should be put into prisons where they are liable to learn new "tricks". They need to learn a different way, not a way that they can learn in prison. They need help

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