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Is it more appropriate to send addicts to jail, or into rehab treatment?

  • Jail really helps

    Jail provides time away from drugs and also already has rehab. So you are able to serve time and get help at the same time. Also, since you're in jail, you are able to spend time away from drugs. There are some prisons that have drugs but most of them do not.

  • Jails have rehab

    A lot of drug addicts use rehab as an excuse not to go to jail. And find ways to continue using while attending rehab. I know a lot of people who have done this. Therefore we need to be harsh, make them do rehab from the jail cell and maybe just maybe they will learn. Because right now rehab is a excuse for 98% of people

  • Breaking the law.

    If you take illegal drugs you have broken the law and should go to prison. If you are addicted to murdering are you sent to rehab also? Crack down on serial drug takers, they effect many people's lives and there must be harsher punishment for the use of illegal drugs.

  • Give someone a second chance: Support prison rehab

    Everyone deserves a second chance. If a person wants to change for the best of society, allow them to prove themselves to you. Think about those who went to jail for a crime they are innocent of. Think about the families of those in prison. And think about how prison rehabilitation can solve all of our problems dealing with overcrowded prisons.

  • Jail really helps

    Jail provides time away from drugs and also already has rehab. So you are able to serve time and get help at the same time. Also, since you're in jail, you are able to spend time away from drugs. There are some prisons that have drugs but most of them do not.

  • It is appropriate.

    Its appropriate because I got admit there are some hard-headed people that will keep on doing the same thing knowing the consequence but I hear jail is a very crucial place and is not a place you would wanna be in so if people really don't want them to put their selves in misery for a piece of crack they would stop and know and to saves themselves from going haywire.

  • From a cost and re-offense perspective, it is more appropriate to send addicts to rehabilitation, rather than jail.

    Incarcerating an inmate burdens the taxpayer and offers no treatment for the addiction. By sending an addict to rehabilitation, rather than jail, the addict is most often able to pay for the rehab themselves, while undertaking a therapeutic solution to their addiction. With jails across the country currently overcrowded, rehab offers and ideal solution to treat the addict at a minimal expense to the public.

    Posted by: DoubtfulPaul84
  • Addicts use rehab to avoid prison time

    I have a relative who is a heroin addict. The first drug he did was marijuana and he was around 10-11 years old when he first tried it. He dabbled with other drugs when he got older. He went through another phase using cocaine when he was around 12-14 years old. After that, he goes through another phase. This time, he's 16 years old and starts using percocets. At the age of 20, he goes straight from pills to black tar heroin.

    At the age of 19, his first conviction was RSP; a 5th degree felony. He stole $2300 worth of jewelry, pawned it off so he could buy his pills. His dad gets him a lawyer, he pleads guilty; intervention in lieu of conviction.

    And what I can tell you is it doesn't work. At least not for my relative. He only used the intervention in lieu of conviction to keep himself from going to prison. And he couldn't even get that right. He signed himself out of rehab TWICE, tested positive for opiates when he signed himself back in, forged fake signatures on his AA and NA forms he needed to turn in to his PO, he's been fired 3 times from his job, which was paying very good money ($600-$800/week AFTER TAXES) and eventually goes to jail for 34 days for his probation violation.

    After that, guess what? 2 months later, he gets busted for Aggravated Robbery, Kidnapping, F2 Robbery and F3 Robbery all with gun specs. He serves his year in jail, pleads guilty to Kidnapping and Robbery and is sentenced to 6 months to CBCF. He'll be getting out sometime between January and March of 2015.

    Will this finally straighten him out? I don't know. The recidivism for relapsing on heroin is 90% and the recidivism rate for returning to either jail or prison is somewhere between 40-44%. What I do know is right now he is right where he belongs. The good thing about jail or prison is he's away from the drugs, he has food and shelter and he cannot sign himself out whenever he pleases. Once he's been released, he'll be on probation for 3 years and if he messes up, he goes to prison for 6 years.

    You can only give someone so many chances. If he messes this one up, he'll end up being in and out of prison for the rest of his life.

  • Would you arrest someone for having depression?

    Drug addicts are a lot like eating disorders, and even depression. If someone attempts suicide and fails, do you arrest them? No. They end up getting sent for help- if they survive. If an anorexic skips a meal, do they get arrested? No, they are encouraged to eat. Yes, many drug addicts have attempted to seek help before, and have failed. But the same goes for any other psychiatric illness. Do I think recreational users should get arrested for possession of drugs? Yes. Do I think drug addicts should be convicted of a crime they can't exactly help? No. Anybody who understands psychiatric illness would agree. Those who are ignorant to mental disorders may not agree. Drug addiction is much more complex than just getting high. Just getting high is people who are just getting high for fun. Drug addiction stems a lot deeper.

  • Two strikes and life

    Any drug addict who commits crime,begs or pesters people for money to pay for their habit should get full life sentance and no medical help for detox. Others get one chance to get clean then the above applies. All hard drug dealers should get death penelty.
    They are not ill just they chose to take it

  • Kicking people while they are down.

    Many drug addicts have tried to reach out for help and have been turned away due to financial reasons mostly. Addicts are already suffering. Most people do drugs to ease emotional pain. I know I did. I had a police officer wait for me to leave the courthouse for a DUI drug charge. He was hiding and pulled me over, based on a conversation myself and my lawyer had off the record. He also said I was "crying too much" in court. He told me to get out of the car and I said, "Why are you kicking me while I am down?" He arrested me for drug DUI number 2, and searched my car and found pills. Now I am facing felony charges. I tried to commit suicide, landed in rehab (someone finally paid attention), and thank God I'm sober and free of pain pills. But I have lost my job, home, and pets. I am a kind and loving person who gives to others. I think it's cruel to punish people that have already suffered so much.

  • From an addicts perspective:

    From my experience there are too many reasons why a NONVIOLENT addict needs rehabilitation instead of jail. If an addict doesn't know there is a possibility of living a drug-free life they will never stop. Not to mention the death rate of sending an addict to jail is going up, with no one to help them get sober in prison they will get out and relapse thinking there tolerance is the same before incarceration and they take a hit and overdose. Addicts need to know there is a much better way to live, not punishing them for a treatable but often relapsing disease.

  • Rehab

    This isn't really a yes-no question, but taking the question as "Is it more appropriate to send addicts to jail," then, I say no, it is more appropriate to send them to rehab. Jail does not give them anything beneficial, and it costs society a great deal to keep them incarcerated. Rehab costs less, and when the person is released, they will be less likely to use drugs again because they got treatment.

  • Rehab, Not Jail

    No, it is not more appropriate to send addicts to jail than into rehab treatment. Addicts deserve a second chance at a normal life so they should be sent to rehab instead of jail, as long they committed no crimes in obtaining their drugs. Addicts are not much different from alcoholics and deserve the same right to treatment. The failure rate is high for both addicts and alcoholics, but at least society can say they were given a chance to reform and do something positive with their lives.

  • Addicts should be in rehab programs and not jail.

    Drug addicts need rehab programs and not to be put in jail just for using drugs. Prison should only be for people that commit crimes. If the addicts breaks the law to support their habit, such as stealing, then they should go to prison. But just being addicted should not be grounds for prison.

    Posted by: ddeathnote
  • Addiction is a brain disease and it matters.

    Scientific advances have shown that drug addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease that results from prolonged effects of drugs on the brain. The best answer is treatment, UNLESS the addiction has embedded behavioral aspects that have caused them to commit a crime. Then, they should have jail time ALONG with treatment. It's different that murdering someone, I don't understand why someone would compare the two. As someone already stated, jail time helps for a little while until one relapsing addict goes back to the drugs. It's also been proven that many drug addicts return to prison after getting out, for the same reason. Drug abuse.

  • Would you arrest someone for having depression?

    Drug addicts are a lot like eating disorders, and even depression. If someone attempts suicide and fails, do you arrest them? No. They end up getting sent for help- if they survive. If an anorexic skips a meal, do they get arrested? No, they are encouraged to eat. Yes, many drug addicts have attempted to seek help before, and have failed. But the same goes for any other psychiatric illness. Do I think recreational users should get arrested for possession of drugs? Yes. Do I think drug addicts should be convicted of a crime they can't exactly help? No. Anybody who understands psychiatric illness would agree. Those who are ignorant to mental disorders may not agree. Drug addiction is much more complex than just getting high. Just getting high is people who are just getting high for fun. Drug addiction stems a lot deeper.

  • No Jail Time

    There is always that one person in jail trying to smuggle in drugs for bail money. Putting them in a rehabilitation center would eliminate all of those possibilities. And when they're in rehab they will always have an eye on them. They could also get their life back on track faster if they went to rehab either if they went to jail. Jail is a waste of time for these cases.

  • It's an illness not a crime!

    Addicts need support to get them through their darkest days.. They need their family by their side and this is not possible when they are cut off from the world in prison!!!! This will only make it harder for them and limit their chances of successfully beating the addiction. If they have gotten to the point where they are committing crime then they should be ordered to rehab and then reassessed after treatment.

  • Rehab gets to what is going one in your head

    Why do we keep punishing people, there are crimes going on inside the walls of prisons so what is prison fixing? Nothing prisons are just showing us that it is okay to abuse people who have broken the law. These people are sick in the head and need to be given a chance to fix what is going on in their head.


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