Treatment for criminal drug offenders has been shown to reduce rates of recidivism. Whether drug offenders receive treatment while behind bars or treatment as the sole option, they should be made knowledgeable of the resources available to them.
Aside from the health risks associated with illicit drug use, there is also the heightened risk of criminal activity that may, in turn, harm the user or even someone else. When caught, the perpetrator may be either incarcerated or offered the choice to receive treatment. In 2008 statistics show 18 percent and 6 percent of those incarcerated were charged with drug offenses and drug possession respectively. Eighty percent of the inmate population has been known to abuse drugs with 90 percent return to their drug use upon release from prison.
Treatment versus Incarceration
Given the aforementioned data, the choice of treatment for recovery may be preferable over straight incarceration. Treatment programs that may include therapy and medication have been shown to be more effective in decreasing recidivism. There, of course, will be instances when a violent offender can not be offered such leniency depending on the severity of the situation at which point it becomes much more than a simple drug case.
Whether drug offenders receive treatment while behind bars or treatment as the sole option, they should be made knowledgeable of the resources available to them. Everyone deserves the right to heal.Back to Blog