Drug Use In Prisons

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Just because a prisoner is behind bars, that doesn’t mean they don’t have access to the outside world. With the growing rate of prisoners in the U.S. brings the growing rate of drugs into those prisons. Drug use within prisons presents several problems for the Correctional system. Security measures are implemented to try and stop the entrance of drugs into prison, but they still get through for inmates to use.
There are roughly two million people that pass through prison per year, and according to Wagner (2016), “about 1 in every 5 inmates are there due to drug related offenses.” Over 10% of inmates are there for drug violations and it doesn’t always stop there. The use of drugs in prisons is something that has always been a problem for the
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My first program seems a lot more practical and applicable to every prison in the country since it does not require a lot of funding. The way that Pennsylvania runs their prison system for the fight against drugs should be the standard. It has proven to be very effective in achieving the goal of reducing drug rates in prisons. People may ask “ why poor money into stopping drug users from overdosing in prison?” Well the answer is simple, there is adverse affect on the way prisoners use drugs in prison and the way they affect the outside world. There do not need to be any more inmates getting addicted to drugs inside prison, only to get released back into normal society and continue those dangerous habits that could lead them to end up back in prison. The government spends so much of its money trying to help drug users within prisons by getting them treatment, but they should really be focusing on stopping the problem before it occurs. Because isn’t that the goal of the Criminal Justice System? Be proactive rather than reactive. Inmates need better supervision in prisons so that they cannot sneak drugs in and develop a bigger problem. If drugs are easily available to inmates that have an addiction, or are there for a drug related offense, then it is not too much of a punishment for them if they can still use and abuse drugs. According to Feucht (1999) of people who were incarcerated in 1997 “83% reported past drug use.” Most prisoners that come into the correctional system use drugs as a recreational use, which should not be allowed. Why should they have the option to enjoy getting high and zoning out and forgetting why they are in prison in the first place. Using drugs is too easy for prisoners, they need to understand why they are truly there and face their

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