- Published: October 31, 2012
Many studies have shown that incarcerating drug abusers does not work. Apparently there is a recidivism rate of 49.7 percent. It is clear that prisons are not helping drug abusers get over their addictions and returning them to being functioning human beings in society. Though many lawmakers recognize this problem, rehabilitation efforts have not been fruitful.
Many cities are already increasing rehabilitation while decreasing incarceration, but efforts have been financially ineffective in the past. This is because many cites choose to do treatment plans in prisons rather than using community health facilities. This is a poor way to fund treatment plans because by putting drug abusers in prison, all of their treatment costs comes from the state. The reality is that many of these criminals actually have a stable family for support, and they have the resources to contribute to their rehabilitation. Their resources cannot be utilized, however, when they are treated in prison. Therefore, treatment becomes cost inefficient and programs get poor results.
More efforts need to be made to not incarcerate these criminals and instead promote community treatment programs. This way, the family is able to contribute to the treatment of the patient, and more patients are able to be treated more reasonable prices for the state.
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