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Rehab Vs. Incarceration
Should drug offenders go to rehab or jail?
ITT Technical Institute
Abstract
This document will show why non-violent drug offenders should be given a chance to rectify their wrong doings. The research will show not only how rehabilitation programs such as DTAP are more cost effective and beneficial to an addict than prison sentences. The introduction will show how addiction can change a person so much so they end up in jail. The second and third sections will show the differences between prison and DTAP programs, while the conclusion will summarize the research findings.
Rehab Vs. Incarceration
Should drug offenders go to rehab or jail?

Addiction
Addiction has become an open conversation in America.
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Addiction doesn’t care about where you come from, what you’ve accomplished, or how great of a person you are. One day, everything comes to a head, a call is received and on the other line you hear “This is a call from an inmate at…” The inevitable has happened. The stealing, dealing, etc. has finally caught up with them. As a loved one, all you can think about is that at least they are alive and behind bars and not six feet under. Now in jail, an addict has a chance to be sober and reflect on their behavior. They start to see the error of their ways and how deep in this disease they have gotten. Instead of chance to get sober and get the intensive treatment they deserve they are sent off to prison. They are no longer just an addict, they have gained a new title, criminal.
Crime and Punishment
A study done by The Department of Health and Human Services shows that an estimated 24.6 million Americans use drugs. This number has risen from a study done almost 10 years earlier. (Painter, 2014) With drug use on the rise it only makes sense that the drug offender population in prison will rise as well. The Department of Justice shows that out of 181,964 prisoners over half were due to drug offences. More than a third (35%) of drug offenders in federal prison at sentencing, had either no or minimal criminal history— lowest criminal history category. (Taxy, 2015)
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