Obama Administration Favors Drug Treatment Over Prison
The Obama administration says it supports drug treatment instead of prison for some criminals, after new data showed a definite link between drug use and crime.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy’s 2010 Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Annual Report showed more than 50% of men arrested tested positive for at least one drug.
Ten counties and cities took part in the study. The range of positive tests was from 52% in Washington, D.C. to 83 percent in Chicago.
Drug czar Gil Kerlikowske, said treatment instead of prison could stop the circle of drug use, arrest, incarceration, release, and re-arrest.
“Drug addiction is too often the root of crime in our communities. Supporting innovative initiatives that divert non-violent offenders into treatment instead of jail and expand treatment access for incarcerated individuals can help break the vicious cycle of drug use and crime, reduce recidivism, and make our communities healthier and safer,” Kerlikowske said.
“These findings illustrate why we must approach our nation’s drug problem as a public health and safety problem.”