The Pros And Cons Of Non-Violent Drug Offenders

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Register to read the introduction… I feel that non-violent drug offenders should go to halfway homes, treatment and other options instead of prison as long as they do not have other offenses with the drug offense. There is such a wide inconsistency in sentencing to this day. Before the introduction of mandatory minimum sentences in serious drug cases, federal judges were able to use their own discretion to impose whatever sentences that they felt appropriate, in their personal view, up to the statutory maximum. Each individual judge differs in their personal views about crime and sentencing, the sentences they imposed for similar offenses by similar defendants varied widely. (War on Drugs) Even with mandatory sentencing there are offenders that are sentenced in prison for way more time then they should have. There are offenders that would benefit more if they were allowed to stay within their community and get the treatment and resources that they need to live a productive life. These offenders would then have the chance to be in their children's lives and hopefully work to make sure that their children do not follow in their steps. What about non-violent offenders learning new "tricks" if they are incarcerated. The whole point is to rehabilitate the offenders not have …show more content…
Poor Prescription: The Costs of Imprisoning Drug Offenders in the United States. Retrieved October 21, 2005, from
This report gives information on how the "war on drugs" has increased the prison population. It examines that states with higher rates of drug incarceration experience higher rates of drug use not a lower rate. It also discusses some reforms have been established, such as the Drug Medicalization, Prevention, and Control Act of Arizona and the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of California.
Fields, G. (2005, November). Prison Blues: Bulging jails and tight budgets make job of guard even tougher. The Wall Street Journal, CCXLVI NO. 94, A1. This article shows how many prisoners there are in U.S. federal and state prisons compared to how many prison officers are on hand. It shows the issues that are arising to the overpopulation of the prisons.
National Families in Action. California Proposition 36: The Substance Abuse and
Crime Prevention Act of 2000. Retrieved October 28, 2005, from This site gives insight on those who oppose or agree with the Prop 36, and gives reasoning behind their outlook of the proposed

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