Essay on Juvenile Drug Use And Crime

1666 Words Dec 10th, 2015 7 Pages
A significant number of offenders have been convicted of drug related offenses, many of which have entered the United States’ court system, jails, and prisons. Of these offenders many are suffering from drug related addictions (Journal of Experimental Criminology). Drug use and crime have continuously been of increasing concern. Drug abuse is becoming much more prevalent, as drugs are becoming more readily accessible. Research shows that incarceration of offenders charged with drug-related crimes has had very little impact on recidivism rates (Journal of Experimental Criminology). Incarceration of such offenders has also not been found to sufficiently concentrate on the treatment needs faced by these particular individuals. The criminal justice system has in time, advanced its’ efforts to assist non-violent offenders through alternatives to incarceration. By shifting the focus from incarcerating substance abusers to one of treatment, an effort to promote positive change and reduce recidivism could be accomplished (Journal of Experimental Criminology). With that being said, should drug courts be expanded as an effort to reduce recidivism and increase the effectiveness of treatment for drug-addicted offenders?
In August of 1989, the Miami, Florida Circuit Court implemented the first drug court program during the ‘‘War on Crime’’ era in the United States. The United States witnessed a severe increase in the amount of drug-related cases during that time frame and a resolution…

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