Setting up mandatory treatment programs for convicted addicts would be far less expensive. Plus, it would allow addicts to continue to work, support their families, and maintain some level of self-respect. After serving their prison terms, these people find it difficult to impossible to re-establish their lives.
We should also look at the large proportion of addicts who are numbing the effects of sexual abuse in their childhoods. Addressing such root causes would make treatment far more effective and would reduce the self-hatred that all too many of these victims feel.
Being “tough on crime” may sound good, but in the real world, it is often counterproductive and expensive.
Vivienne E. Perkins, Franktown
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