Drug Rehabilitation In Prison

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Cost of keeping a prisoner in custody per year for a maximum security prison is 32,547 more than most of us pay for tuition. States spend more on prison and penal institutions than we do on school and education I would like to point out that it is more about money than it is about reforming these prisoners. The prison system has become a monster throwing people in jail like its nothing. The government isn’t concerned with rehabilitation all they care about is keeping all the people involved in the prison, correctional, law enforcement, and justice system in business and with a healthy salary. The correctional officers who are in charge of prisoners typically have a high school diploma; they are essentially baby sitters of so called criminals.…show more content…
In the U.S we have about 2.5 million adults in jail and a quarter of that population being drug addicts. If we implemented a drug rehabilitation program instead of shipping these people off to prison we could down their cost to incarcerate by half. Incarceration for 25 months which is the average jail sentence which is given to the typical drug offender cost about $64,700 not including the cost after as they will most likely be put on probation. In Brooklyn New York they have a rehab alternative to jail and it costs 32,974 to rehabilitate them rather than toss them in prison with the rapists and murderers. WHY ARE WE NOT DOING THIS???? This fact alone sends me into a rage. The label we are putting on these people as hardcore criminals tarnishes their name forever, and it’s not fair. The government is taking good people with a disease and putting them into a system that does not rehabilitate but makes people into animals. Throwing them in the care of incompetent and untrained correctional officers; nowhere in the requirements for a correctional officer is addiction education even mentioned. I have nothing against correctional officers I’m sure they are all overall fantastic people outside of work but in the work environment they are overall incompetent and not able to deal with the stress that is encountered when dealing with people with a disease. They should not be found anywhere near the fragile and unstable mind of an addict. Rehab produces lower recidivism rates than prison. Intensive supervised treatment programs have been shown to reduce recidivism by 16.7%, as opposed to only 4.5% and 5.7% from treatment programs completed in jail and prison, respectively (Natarajan et al. 12). Participants in Brooklyn’s DTAP program have been found 67% less likely to return to prison than a group leaving prison without completing any similar program (9). A

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