The Need for Treatment

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Of the 2.3 million inmates in the U.S., more than half have a history of substance abuse and addiction. Newsweek asks the question, if treatment for drug addiction works better and costs less than imprisonment alone, why are states abandoning it? Click here to read the full story.

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  • I read an article once that mentioned the difference in cost between putting a child in school and incarcerating an inmate. The numbers were something like 20 children could go to school for a year for the same cost as incarcerating one individual. It makes you think about the fact that with a better education many of these people would never make their way to jail

    In terns of treatment, I would imagine that it would be far more affordable to provide treatment for substance abuse to individuals than to place them in a jail cell and yet there are very few state programs that pay for such treatment and the issue is often overlooked. It’s a sad situation and one that should definitely be reviewed by the government on a federal and a local base.