Barbara Schabert Project 3 Enc1102

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Barbara Schabert Project 3 Enc1102

  1. 1. Rehabilitation versus Incarceration
  2. 2. Prison Population <ul><li>There are over 1,000,000 non-violent drug offenders behind bars in America </li></ul><ul><li>80% are first time convicts with no history of violence </li></ul><ul><li>Non-violent drug offenders account for 63% of the state and federal prison population </li></ul>
  3. 3. Funding for Prisoners <ul><li>The money used to house these </li></ul><ul><li>non-violent drug offenders comes from </li></ul><ul><li>YOU, the taxpayer </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately $24 billion was spent on the </li></ul><ul><li>1,000,000 incarcerated offenders in 2007 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Tragic Statistic <ul><li>Over the last 10 years, In Florida, the state expenses for prisons increased by 30%, while the expenses for college universities decreased by 19% in order to house over 40,000 non-violent drug offenders </li></ul>
  5. 5. Post-Prison Life <ul><li>Since 1999, only 15,600 out of 40,000 convicted and released drug offenders have been approved for the restoration of their civil rights </li></ul><ul><li>In Florida, there is an average 8 year wait time for the approval of an employment license (nursing, paramedics, accounting, truck driving, dentistry) </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>By making it extremely difficult for the ex-felons to return to the normal cycle of society, it is only re-routing them back into the drug world they came from </li></ul>
  7. 7. Benefits of Rehabilitation <ul><li>It costs 80% more to incarcerate a drug offender than to send them to a rehab/treatment center </li></ul><ul><li>( $240,000/year versus $19,000/year ) </li></ul><ul><li>One additional contributing member of society </li></ul>
  8. 8. Josh’s Story <ul><li>Honor Roll student and Varsity baseball player </li></ul><ul><li>Received 4 felony convictions of possession of cocaine and marijuana </li></ul><ul><li>Was denied rehabilitation requests and instead was sentenced to 5 ½ years in prison </li></ul><ul><li>Served 32 months and was released on parole </li></ul><ul><li>Change in personality and dreams </li></ul><ul><li>Still had the desire to use drugs after a year </li></ul>
  9. 9. Effectiveness of Rehab

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