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Reform Drug Offenders

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  • 1. Prison Reform
    • Currently the State of California operates the third largest penal system in the world .
    • Our inmate population ranks only behind China’s national correctional system and the United States national correctional system.
    • Our state is in the “business” of incarceration and at hefty cost to our taxpayers.
    Prison Reform
  • 2. Current Cost & Growth
    • California Department of Corrections manages a $5.6 billion enterprise.
    • Our inmate population has exploded over 550% since 1980.
    • And the correctional facilities built in the past 20 years have tripled.
  • 3. Top ten charges for which Californians are now entering prison:
    • possession of a controlled substance
    • possession of a controlled substance for sale
    • robbery
    • sale of a controlled substance
    • second degree burglary
    • assault with a deadly weapon
    • driving under the influence
    • first degree burglary
    • petty theft with a prior
    • vehicle theft
  • 4. Research on Rehabilitation
    • incarceration for drug offenses does little to break the cycle of use and related crime
    • the recidivism rate for drug related crimes is very high and
    • treatment is effective in reducing addiction and drug related crime if the individuals remain in treatment for an adequate period of time.
  • 5. Why Reform?
    • It would seem prudent to suggest that instead of spending more money to build more facilities for incarceration, we would instead spend that money to rehabilitate those being incarcerated. Specifically, we propose the reformation of drug addicts .
  • 6. New Approach to The War on Drugs in the United States
    • The United States government allocates most of its anti drug budget to law enforcement, or the punitive strategy, which in part punishes drug sellers and users, and as a result there has been a sharp increase in the incarceration of drug offenders.
    • 70% of the federal prison inmates are drug offenders and rehabilitation is not required nor consistently offered.
    • In this proposed reformation, the federal government will devote more of its antidrug budget to the supportive strategy which treats drug users, and educates society with drug prevention programs.
  • 7. Living Strong Rehabilitation Facility & Work and Learn Facility
    • These correctional facilities are exclusively for drug offenders and offer a variety of professional rehabilitative programs as well as educational classes that are advantageous to recovery.
    • Gives drug users/abusers/addicts an opportunity to return to society as productive citizens, and they too will give back to the community by helping to develop new strategies in drug prevention and awareness.
    • The time that is to be served will be divided in two parts, and the first half of their incarceration will be carried out in the Living Strong Rehabilitation Facility (LSRF) while the other half in the Work and Learn Facility (WLF).
  • 8. Rules of the LSRF
    • No visitation with family or friends
    • Attendance to daily classes and programs
    • Weekly drug testing
    • Must graduate from this facility before moving into the Work and Learn program
    • Positive attitude, no violence
  • 9. Living Strong Rehabilitation Programs:
    • Reality Therapy -- redressing real-world deficiencies and developing programs to strengthen families and communities
    • The Escape -- exploring alternatives to the drug environment
    • Soul Survivors -- appreciating the success of former drug users
    • Fellowship -- speaking to fellow users and making connections
    • Revitalize Yourself -- acknowledging positive traits and seeking new accomplishments
    • Spirituality -- meditating or worshiping
    • Future Challenges -- recognizing and planning for the hardships of recovery
  • 10. Work and Learn Facility
    • This facility is less structured and offers persons educational courses in which they can learn new skills and enhance their knowledge so they can work in a particular field.
    • Although participants reside in this facility, they will also be earning an income as they will be hired in various positions within the two facilities (Determined by previous level of education and capabilities)
    • They are allowed to have visitations with family and friends.
    • Drug testing will be bi-weekly.
    • In this program they will also be required to be a speaker for the local D.A.R.E .program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education).
  • 11. Educational Classes :
    • Psychology –
    • Sociology/Criminal Justice –
    • Math –
    • Ethics –
    • Literature –
    • Technological –
    • Organizational –
    • Public Speaking –
    • Trades –
    • Physical Fitness –
    • Advertising –
  • 12. Career Opportunities
    • Within the 2 Facilities :
    • Drug counselor in the LSRF
    • Educational instructor in the WLF or LSRF
    • Maintenance
    • Culinary
    • Clerical
    • Participating Companies :
    • Salvation Army
    • Red Cross
    • YMCA
    • Parks and Recreation
    • Utilities
    • Federal Government ( DARE program, other supportive strategy programs)
  • 13. Journey to Success
    • Upon completing the second portion of their sentence in the Work and Learn Facility they will be released with a job and money saved.
    • They will be on mandatory probation for a specified amount of time where there will be random drug tests and frequent home visitations.
    • Those persons that have succeeded in the programs and have no problems while on probation, will be cleansed of a criminal record and not carry the label of a convict.
  • 14. Ramifications:
    • The most obvious benefit to rehabilitation vs. incarceration solely, would be reducing the recidivism rate.
    • This of course would reduce the number inmates incarcerated and the amount of money we would spend on their imprisonment.
    • More than that, society would also benefit from them becoming productive, contributing members of our society.
    • As well as that they would be less likely to commit a crime while under the influence; thus reducing the crime rates in general.