Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a synthetic drug that users have abused for its hallucinogenic properties since the 1960s. If consumed in a sufficiently large dose, LSD produces delusions and visual hallucinations that distort the user’s sense of time and identity. Because addiction can have a tremendous impact on a person’s sense of reality, it is not surprising to find that many people convicted of a crime were under the influence of a drug while committing the offense.
Drug Use and Jail Time
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services conducts an annual National Household Survey on Drug Abuse that asks individuals about their drug and alcohol use and their involvement in crime. Some of the findings include the following:
- Arrestees frequently test positive for recent drug use – While statistics are generated in multiple locations throughout the country, the number of people who tested positive for drug use at the time of their arrest ranged from 33% to 82%.
- Offenders often commit offenses to support their drug habit – Nearly every inmate in jails across America has used drugs extensively at some point in the past or during the actual committing of the crime. When asked if the reason they committed the crime was to obtain money for their habit, over 25% of state prisoners and 20% of federal inmates said that they committed their current offense to obtain money for drugs.
- There is a direct correlation between trafficking in illicit drugs and violent crimes – This may be related to competition to obtain drugs, competition for customers and disputes between suppliers and customers.
Rehabilitation vs. Jail
Jails are overpopulated, and state and federal authorities are struggling to manage the burden. In addition, statistics prove that incarcerating a drug addict does not stop drug use. In fact, drug offenders currently account for nearly 60% of all inmates, as opposed to 25% in 1980.
In 2000, America was spending close to $100 million a day to jail individuals with serious drug and alcohol problems, and that cost has since increased. Most Americans feel that rehab versus jail time might be a better solution. In fact, an independent study showed the public clearly favors rehabilitation over punishment, with more respondents being willing to pay for additional rehabilitation than for additional punishment.Several states have implemented programs that target this need including the following:
- California – In November 2000, 61% of California voters passed Proposition 36, the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000 (SACPA), an initiative requiring rehabilitation rather than incarceration for nonviolent drug possession offenders. Under SACPA, most people convicted of a nonviolent drug possession offense are given the opportunity to receive community-based drug treatment in lieu of incarceration.
- Maryland – Passed in 2004, Maryland’s program diverted several thousand nonviolent prisoners into community based drug treatment, saving the state’s taxpayers millions of dollars a year in the process.
- Washington DC – In November 2002, 78% of DC voters passed the drug treatment initiative Measure 62 in which the city would provide substance abuse treatment instead of conviction or imprisonment to nonviolent defendants charged with illegal possession or use of drugs.
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