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Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives and 5 others

Treatment for all offenders incarcerated with substance involved crimes.

80 percent or more of all adult and juvenile offenders were arrested or incarcerated for crimes linked to substance use or addiction; 66 percent of adult inmates and 44 percent of juvenile arrestees meet the diagnostic criteria for alcohol or other drug abuse and addiction. In 2005, federal, state and local governments spent $74 billion on incarceration, court proceedings, probation and parole for substance-involved adult and juvenile offenders. In contrast, these governments spent less than one percent of that amount --$632 million--on prevention and treatment for such offenders. Only 11 percent of adult inmates with substance use disorders and less than four percent of substance involved juvenile offenders receive any type of treatment during incarceration; few of those receive evidence-based care. Without treatment, the odds are that substance-involved offenders will end up back in prison. But before they do they will be living in our neighborhoods and commiting crimes that never have to happen. Treatment Works! Evidence shows that for every dollar spent on treatment
taxpayers would save $12 dollars in reduced substance-related crime and criminal justice and health care costs. More importantly we would be treating their primary disease and allowing offenders to re-enter society as productive members, not burdens to their communities. Addiction is a disease. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University- Behind Bars 11: Substance Abuse and America's Prison Population released February 2010. Please help in making treatment available to all those who so desperately need it and stop the vicious cycle of recidivism. The research has been done; the evidence is there. The disease of addiction effects the whole family. With your help we can Stop the vicious cycle of addiction, and start saving lives instead of destroying them.

Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
Texas State House
and 3 others
Texas State Senate
President of the United States
Texas Governor
To make treatment available for all offenders incarcerated with substance involved crimes. Since 1966 the American Medical Association has recognized alcohol addiction as a disease, and drug addiction soon followed, that was over 45yrs ago, yet our primary method of treatment, especially for the indigent in the U.S.A. is Incarceration. It's not surprising that we in the United States, though only five percent of the world's population, incarcerate 25 percent of the world's prisoners. I am by no means saying people who suffer with this disease have a free pass to break the law. What I am saying is that when we have them in custody why are we not treating their primary disease, individuals do not ask for this disease, just like someone with heart disease or diabetes. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia Unversity- Behind Bars II: Substance Abuse and America's Prison Population. This report is just one of many that shows the injustices we as a society have permitted to go on for way to long. Please help in making treatment available to all, Regardless of thier socio-economic backgroung.

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