Mandating effective treatment for drug offenders
The main culprit in incarcerating so many addicts is the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984.
Legislators had good intentions when passing the law.
Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction: What Science Says.
Drug offense recidivism continues to plague our overburdened criminal justice system.
Most studies suggest that outcomes for those who are legally pressured to enter treatment are as good as or better than outcomes for those who entered treatment without legal pressure. Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations - A Research-Based Guide. Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations - A Research-Based Guide.
Individuals under legal pressure also tend to have higher attendance rates and remain in treatment for longer periods, which can also have a positive impact on treatment outcomes.
Documents are image-based, fully searchable PDFs with the authority of print combined with the accessibility of a user-friendly and powerful database.Noting the failure of incarceration, this Note proposes that treatment and rehabilitation of drug offenders are more appropriate means of reducing illegal drug use.