• Normalization of Prison Environment

    When we imprison individuals, we are putting convicts together and treating them like they are lesser beings. They grow resentment towards authority and society as a whole--they blame society for putting them away to rot. There have been studies proving that giving prisoners life skills reduces their likelihood of recidivism and increases their likelihood to become a valuable member of society. Drug addicts, on the other hand, should receive therapy. Drugs can be, and are, accessed in prison. Drug use can actually get worse, and as soon as they are released, they will more than likely go do more drugs. Getting clean isn't easy, and it is quite painful for an individual because their brain no longer produces necessary neurotransmitters due to chemical dependence. They need support more than anything.

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