Prison Addiction In Prison

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In 1994, a law was passed that allowed non-violent inmates to reduce their sentence up to twelve months if they participated in rehabilitation and counseling programs. Unfortunately, various criminals have started to falsify addiction in hopes of reducing their sentence. Not only is it unethical for the convicted to lie about such addictions, but the means they utilize to feign addiction are illegal. Furthermore, these illegal activities are spurred on by companies who are charging people for advice to shorten sentences. The inmates should not be able to take advantage of these programs, and inmates should not be given incentives to go to rehab in the first place. Ethically, both the convicts and the companies that help them falsify addiction…show more content…
Citizens already spend a vast amount of money on prisons; in New York a study found that “The city paid $167,731 to feed, house and guard each inmate last year”(Santora), and more extensive background checks would only increase that cost. The most cost effective solution would be to remove the early release incentive. Traditionally, prisons are not required to provide rehab programs, and it is already in the benefit of the inmate to take advantage of the tax provided programs. If we don’t provide incentives for inmates to eat their food, or exercise, then we do we provide them for…show more content…
Criminals are, in part, imprisoned because they are a danger to society, but time in prison is not changing that. Once released, recidivism for American inmates is very high, “Within three years of release, about two-thirds (67.8 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested.” and “Within five years of release, about three-quarters (76.6 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested.”(Recidivism) The rehabilitation programs in place help reduce that amount; “The Bureau of Prisons cites a 2000 study finding that male inmates who participate are 16% less likely to commit another crime and 15% less likely to relapse to drug use.”(Falkenberg) Furthermore, having required rehab for inmates would not be an entirely new concept. Already, probation for drunk drivers and similar situations require attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous or equivalent

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