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Ryah Icenhower
Professor Dinges
COM 100-103
9/27/19
Jail vs. Rehab for Convicted Drug Users
I.
“Did you know 80% of crimes that lead to incarceration involve drugs or alcohol”, 1
stated
a. If we, as a society, could reduce the amount of crime and drug/alcohol abuse by
changing one aspect of our government, would you?
b. Many people seem to overlook addiction, but it is a fixable problem.
c. I have researched the successfulness of jail time vs Rehab for addicts for two
weeks by studying articles written by different professionals
II.
Addiction in prisons is an untreated problem, and it’s a growing one. More people in
the general population struggle with addiction and more of these individuals find
themselves involved in crimes that lead to arrest.
III.
“Research has found that sending offenders with a history of drug and alcohol
abuse to addiction treatment programs rather than institutionalizing them in jail or
prison is not only the humanitarian choice but it will cut crime rates and save billions
of dollar”, states 2
IV.
Visualization:
Action:
Sources:
1: https://skywoodrecovery.com/why-imprisonment-is-more-harm-than-help-to-addicted-offenders/
2: https://www.dualdiagnosis.org/drug-rehab-instead-of-prison-could-save-billions-says-report-2/