Pros And Cons Of Drug Addiction

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Due to the United States court system focusing on punishment instead of assisting people in battling drug addiction, identified criminals do not receive the proper rehabilitation. Drug addiction is a large problem across the United States; however, the court systems are doing nothing to prevent the growing issue. People who are arrested on drug related crimes are often released without the proper tools they need to battle their addiction, creating a never-ending cycle of repeat offenders. If the court system started to view drug addiction as a disease instead of as a crime, drug addicts would receive better tools to fight their disease.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (2017), drug offenses make up 46.3 percent of the United States prison population. Many other crimes stem from drug abuse as well, such as, burglary, robbery, and homicide, for example, people will steal to afford their drug of choice (K.Clayton, personal communication, October 3rd, 2017). If the court system could help reduce the amount of people addicted to drugs, the United States would see a vast decrease in crime rates across the population.
Currently, the court system is using a crime control model to process court cases. Stacey L. Mallicoat (2017), explains this model when she says, “The crime control model focuses on a criminal justice system that processes criminals in an efficient, consist manner. Justice under the crime control model resembles an ‘assembly line.’”, by staying moving
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