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Addiction,Treatment, & Mass Incarceration Crisis

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The United States has 25% of the world’s inmates and only 5% of the world’s population. A major cause of our incarceration crisis lies in our approach to individuals with addictions.

85% of of the United States prison population have serious addiction issues. Drugs and alcohol addictions directly or indirectly have caused inmate’s offenses. The 2010 Columbia report revealed that drugs and alcohol in 2006 contributed to the following offenses:

  • 78% of violent crimes
  • 83% of property crimes
  • 77% of public order, immigration or weapon offenses; and probation/parole violations

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One of the sane voices during the last five years was Steven W. Tompkins, Sheriff of Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Sheriff Tompkins has devoted extensive resources in his jail to treat inmates for their addictions, but many upon release succumb to their demons and slide back into a life of crime to support their addictions.

In 2012, Gov. Christie of New Jersey helped pass bipartisan legislation mandating drug treatment instead of incarceration for non-violent offenders. He has made it clear that drug treatment and not jail sentences was the path for reduction of crime.

On the local level in New Jersey, in Hudson County, the Correctional Facility director Oscar Aviles, and former Gov. Jim McGreevey, started a holistic treatment plan for drug ¬†offenders. Hudson’s prison¬†program has provided counseling, group therapy and education for addicted inmates.

We need to have effective drug and alcohol treatment programs in our jails and prisons, but also through out our local communities to treat addicted individuals before they have committed crimes and have become part of our shameful statistics.

By: Bradley Schwartz
Founder of prisonpath.com
Prison Consultant

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13 Responses to Addiction,Treatment, & Mass Incarceration Crisis

  1. PrsonP@th June 15, 2017 at 2:01 pm #

    My prayers are with you all.
    By-Robin

  2. PrsonP@th June 15, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

    Weed out the illegal and deported them back to their country for treatment…taxpayers should not have to foot that bill.
    By-Regina

  3. PrsonP@th June 15, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

    Mary–They all look so young

  4. PrsonP@th June 15, 2017 at 3:19 pm #

    Victims of the cabal.
    By-Rose

  5. PrsonP@th June 18, 2017 at 3:11 pm #

    Stay out if you don’t like your living conditions!!!!
    by-Dave

  6. PrsonP@th June 18, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

    Can u committed smone. To this or do they hv to b willing ?
    By-Monica

  7. PrsonP@th June 18, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

    Been there,
    Did that.
    By–Wessley

  8. PrsonP@th June 18, 2017 at 3:13 pm #

    The other Face of the Land of the free

  9. PrsonP@th June 21, 2017 at 12:05 pm #

    Only in the USA!
    By–Peter

  10. PrsonP@th June 21, 2017 at 9:39 pm #

    Steven– It’s a Simple solution issue zero tolerance laws for violence related and terrorist drugs “if u do this drug u die” It’s worked well in other nations.

  11. PrsonP@th June 21, 2017 at 9:39 pm #

    How’d you have a crafty tug?
    By–Dick

  12. Bradley Schwartz June 25, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

    Its been like that for years when i was busted i had to sleep on the floor under the bunk no mattress just a blanket. The deputies and co’s dont give a fuck about inmates or prisoners.
    By–Vicks

  13. PrsonP@th June 26, 2017 at 11:26 am #

    Bring back the death penalty and folks would thing about committing a crime!!!
    By-Billy

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