Drug Courts in Error Essay

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Intro One
Our judicial system is in dire need of a make-over. Time and again drug and alcohol offenders (numbering in the thousands per year), are pushed like cattle through the revolving doors of courthouses and jails; each, serving varying terms, only to be back in a cell on similar charges in no time at all. Ultimately, it is behaviors that must be changed. Regardless of the length of a prison or jail sentence; simply “doing time” does not change behaviors.
Intro Two Rehabilitation needs to be added to the sentencing equation if we truly wish to make a dent in the underlying problem. Court mandated treatment (Drug courts) offer solutions to the multiple issues that have risen due to traditional sentencing
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When considering the sheer number of inmates serving time for a drug or alcohol related crime, the monetary expense is near incalculable and downright concerning. The Office of National Drug Control Policy at The White House released the following data for Oregon in 2008;
“As of October 1, 2007, there were 20,294 felony offenders on probation and 13,752 offenders on parole in Oregon. Approximately 42.2 % of the probationers and 25.1 % of the parolees committed drug offenses. As of February, 1 2008, the Oregon department of Corrections reported that there were 1,656 inmates with severe substance abuse addictions.”
These are alarming statistics. One need only start tallying up totals and the unattractive financial reality becomes apparent; changing this process is a necessity. Overpopulation in correctional institutions has become an emergent challenge wreaking great difficulties on

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