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 .
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.
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).
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).