Here is the simplification of proposed solutions to identified Drug treatment, Judicial and Prison Reform needs.
By Mark Reed for Congress
- Drug addiction is an epidemic nationwide and in our communities, our children are dying.
- Traditional drug treatment centers and programs are failing.
- Most parents can not afford drug treatments or go bankrupt trying.
- After 18 years of age parents only choice is to evict their children and give them up to the streets or go through a lengthy and costly custodial trial to get their children treatment.
- Law enforcement hands are tied.
- The judicial system needs an adjustment to handle drug addicts and addiction
- The prison system needs an overhaul, for profit prisons add to the problem. Up to 80% of all inmates have a drug problem.
PROPOSED SOLUTIONS SIMPLIFIED FOR QUICK READING:
- Create new legislation allowing parents and the courts upon adequate proof of a drug addiction to get a court order for offspring or family member to get mandatory drug rehabilitation-all ages.
- Create legislation allowing courts to to offer an alternative to defendants that have a provable drug addiction a new rehabilitation program, a two year or five year program.
- Development of a two year program
- First year minimum security lockdown with intense mental healthcare and nutritional program.
- Second year, Vocational training, continued treatment and nutritional training.
- Offered mainly to those under 25 years of age.
- Development of a five year program as an alternative to those facing criminal charges (none violent) with jail or prison time:
- First year intense mental healthcare with nutritional program, min security lock up.
- Second year Vocational training, continued mental healthcare and nutritional training, min security lock up.
- Third, fourth and fifth years, Job placement with participating employers who register with program for prevailing wages. State and Federal Tax credits for twice the wages paid.
- For participating in Five year program when program and treatment complete, including clean drug testing their arrest record, criminal charges and jail or prison time records will be sealed from the general public allowing participants to fill out all applications with no arrest or criminal record. Only police, courts and DOJ will have access to past records.
- One time only participation. No repeats.
- Failure of program, original charges will apply with guilty plea
- All participants with treatment complete will receive high level acknowledgement. A position with program as “A Warrior Against Drug Addiction” participating with new applicants. With continued as need mental healthcare.
COST FACTORS FOR DRUG ADDICTION:
- Up to 80% of all county or state inmates have a drug problem.
- County Jail inmates direct cost upwards of $65,000 per year
- State prison inmates, min security direct cost upwards of $78,000 per year.
- Plus court cost, police, city attorney, district attorney and public defenders.
- Cost of revolving door of untreated drug addicts going through court system.
- Stop revolving door.
- Cut population in county jail and state prison.
- Cut cost of welfare programs.
- Cut cost of loss due to criminal activity and policing.
- Savings will continue and grow in time.