Alternative to Jail
Alternatives To Jail
Studies have shown that when dealing with drug addiction, effective addiction treatment is much less expensive and much more effective in preventing relapse than jail time with no treatment. However dealing with the legal system on your own is often difficult.
It is painful to see a loved one behind bars. We are very experienced in handling these situations and will work with you the treatment center of your choice and the court system to get your loved one released to your preferred treatment program. Many court ordered treatment programs are sub standard and offer little more than a place to sleep and hours of hard work. Most court systems will accept an alternative to these programs.
New Bill Studies Treatment Over Incarceration.
The United States has 25% of the world’s prisoners.
A new bill being proposed hopes to restructure the approach to incarcerating drug offenders by placing a larger emphasis on treatment rather than incarceration, the bill is being proposed by Senator Jim Webb and calls for the formation of a committee to explore new options for the failing criminal justice system.
The United States has by far the world’s highest incarceration rate. With five percent of the world’s population, our country now houses twenty-five percent of the world’s reported prisoners. More than 2.38 million Americans are now in prison, and another 5 million remain on probation or parole.
While imprisoning offenders may provide comfort to some in terms of public safety, it does little to reduce the cluster of issues which will see these people cycle in and out of the nation’s corrections system. What is needed is a solution less costly than building more prisons and more effective at reducing recidivism.
Two decades of research into the effectiveness of drug rehabilitation in criminal offenders has largely gone unheard. Funding for efforts which allow drug offenders to receive needed treatment both in and out of prisons is being cut despite proof that treatment not incarceration is the most cost effective method of criminal rehabilitation.
There are several ways in which drug abuse treatment can be incorporated into the criminal justice system. These include therapeutic alternatives to incarceration, treatment merged with judicial oversight in drug courts, treatments provided in prison and jail, and reentry programs to help offenders transition from incarceration back into the community.
The stigma associated with drug addiction often makes it difficult to convince judges and district attorneys that rehabilitation is indeed an effective means to deal with the drug problems facing their communities.