The U​.​S. Should Provide Rehabilitation for First-Time Drug Offenders Instead of Prison

The U​.​S. Should Provide Rehabilitation for First-Time Drug Offenders Instead of Prison

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Logan Ray started this petition to U.S. Senate

The U.S. Should Provide Rehabilitation for First-Time Drug Offenders Instead of Prison

450,000 United States citizens are incarcerated for nonviolent drug-related crimes daily. This means we are throwing nonviolent criminals in jail for a medical issue they are suffering from instead of sending them to a place where they can rehabilitate themselves. Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Logan Ray, and I am here to explain why the U.S. should provide rehabilitation for first-time drug offenders instead of prison due to the detrimental effects prisons will have on these people.

OFFENDERS WILL BECOME MORE ADDICTED IN JAIL
Sending individuals with drug issues to jail isn't always the best alternative to keep them clean. There are still ways for these people to simply find their substance behind bars and keep using. Drugs are smuggled in through food, drones, and visitors entering the jail. Roughly 1,000 drug incidents are reported every year at California prisons. This clearly shows that by placing first-time offenders in jail we are putting them at risk to suffer addiction to a further extent.

OFFENDERS WILL LEARN HOW TO BECOME MORE CRIMINAL
If put in jail, these first-time offenders are likely to become better criminals because they are in prison with well-seasoned convicts. These well-seasoned prisoners can teach these young and naive first-time users the lay of the land and techniques. When these prisoners leave jail most of these people are going to go and hang out with gangsters again because those are the only people they have been with in jail.

OFFENDERS WILL DEVELOP A CRIMINAL RECORD
Charging someone with a drug-related crime leaves them with a criminal record that will make life outside of prison very hard. Many employers would not recruit anyone with a criminal record making it hard for these first-time criminals to get a job. Giving first-time offenders the option of going to rehab rather than going to prison improves their record, and they are more likely to find jobs after leaving a recovery center than after leaving a facility such as a jail or a prison.

CALL TO ACTION
These are the many reasons why the U.S. should provide rehabilitation for first-time drug offenders instead of prison. To clarify my point, I am talking about a nonviolent first-time offender caught with a minimal amount of drugs, not some first-time violent drug dealer. After listening to my talking points please go sign my petition on change.org.

                                                   Works Cited
“Drugs inside Prison Walls.” The Washington Times, The Washington Times, 27 Jan. 2010, www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jan/27/drugs-inside-prison-walls/
Junkins, Laurie. “How Common Are Drugs in Prison?” AvvoStories, 16 Jan. 2016, stories.avvo.com/crime/how-common-are-drugs-in-prison.html.
“Rehab Vs. Jail Time: How Drug Rehab Provides A Path To Recovery.” Peace Valley Recovery, 24 Dec. 2020, www.peacevalleyrecovery.com/blog/rehab-vs-jail-time/
Vedantam, Shankar. “When Crime Pays: Prison Can Teach Some To Be Better Criminals.” NPR, NPR, 1 Feb. 2013, www.npr.org/2013/02/01/169732840/when-crime-pays-prison-can-teach-some-to-be-better-criminals

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