zbuddy wrote:UD, I think you're right on the stupid legislation for most drug offenses. However, the question comes in to play if it is even possible to rehabilitate an individual. For example, most child molesters, sexual predators, and rapists get caught doing the same thing again. I forget the exact correlational percentage, but I think it was in the 90s. Now, as far as the drug use - I can't really say. Although I do know that drugs do lead to other crimes, most of the time, and that can cause some problems.
You get a monkey wrench throw into the system when you get the dilemma of letting someone go who has obvious drug problems for rehabilitation in hopes that they will be changed in a positive way. Or, conversely, they go to rehab but slide back into drug use and kill someone while they are high and driving a car. What do you tell the victim’s family?
I also agree with what Rampdog said, completely. Individuals, by large perceive themselves as good people - even if they are complete dbags. So the ever prevalent 'it isn't my fault, they are just targeting unjustly!' card is played frequently because it alleviates the person's cognitive dissonance (a psychological phenomenon where a person has two conflicting cognitions [e.g., Smoking is bad, but I am smoking - therefore all the ads about smoking being poor for your health is just a lie by the media]).
Also, there is some pretty strong evidence, albeit just correlational, that suggests the more educated a population the less the blue collar crime level. So, there is probably the same exact level of crime, just not the kind you see in the news about someone getting stabbed in the face for a pair of shoes. It would be nice if we could focus on areas with a high crime rate with education, rather than incarceration.
Well I can say this,
Most of the guys I grew up with did time, some more than once. One went for ADW for 4 years, and 2 years later for dope. He's been out for 8 years now, has a daughter, and he does just fine. Go figure.
I will admit that is rare, most return to the life when they get out. So I don't have the answer to this.
But they themselves "rehab" on their own. The rehab projects are usually for first time offenders and kids. If more oppertunities were available, there would be less repeat offenders.
But then again, who's going to pay for it? Who will make sure the funds are used correctly?
Me? You? The Gov? Money is the problem, not the drugs.
And I'm not for legalizing all drugs, but it shouldn't put them in the front of the line.
How much do we spend on drugs every year? How much do we spend on education and job training?