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Court-Ordered Treatment for Drug Offenders is Much Better than Prison: Or Is It?

Stanton Peele, Ph.D., Esq.

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This past June, New York became the first state in the union to require all nonviolent criminals found guilty of drug charges to be offered treatment for drug addiction instead of serving jail time. The benefits are obvious: this policy will sharply reduce the number of repeat offenders clogging the courts, relieve crowding in state prisons and jails, and help addicts conquer their disease. Surely, this is an enlightened policy that can only help drug users. Well, not quite

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Contributed on 12/14/2012

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