Drug Laws Heading for New Reform

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usdojThe United States has more people behind bars per capita than any other country in the world, with well over 2 million locked up. A large percentage of them are there for drug-related offenses.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is heading a push to reform drug laws by reducing or eliminating mandatory minimum sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders. Addressing the American Bar Association, Holder planned to announce, “Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no good law enforcement reason. While the aggressive enforcement of federal criminal statutes remains necessary, we cannot simply prosecute or incarcerate our way to becoming a safer nation.”

Drug law reform would including sending more people to addiction treatment programs and community service for drug-related offenses.

While many states have had different variations of sentencing requirements, an example of lessening the severity of jail terms for nonviolent drug offenders came in recent years after the state of New York repealed the Rockefeller drug laws. Those were seen by many as some of the most severe in the nation, and while the reform has been met with some surprises, statistics still back the investment of time and resources in drug rehabilitation rather than long-term incarceration.

The notion of reducing mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders is not necessarily a partisan one, as many prominent conservative figures and groups are also in support of this change.

Rather than dealing with people after they are caught committing offenses, it is usually better to try some other form intervention. Nobody wants a criminal record, and drug interventions are largely successful in getting loved ones into treatment before having to go through the legal system. Contact Family First Intervention today for more information on how to get help for someone in need of substance abuse treatment.

Mike Loverde

With firsthand experience with addiction, Mike Loverde is now a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), as accredited by the Association of Intervention Specialists and the Pennsylvania Certification Board. He founded Family First Intervention in 2008 and has since helped hundreds of families find intervention and addiction rehabilitation solutions.

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