Mandating effective treatment for drug offenders

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Most studies suggest that outcomes for those who are legally pressured to enter treatment are as good as or better than outcomes for those who entered treatment without legal pressure. Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations - A Research-Based Guide. Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations - A Research-Based Guide.

Individuals under legal pressure also tend to have higher attendance rates and remain in treatment for longer periods, which can also have a positive impact on treatment outcomes.

More specifically, this Note considers as models Arizona and California Acts that mandate substituting court-supervised drug treatment and education programs for incarceration.

The main culprit in incarcerating so many addicts is the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984.

Legislators had good intentions when passing the law.

They wanted to take discretion in sentencing away from judges because there were huge discrepancies among similar cases.

Unfortunately, it led to a similar law in 1986, the Anti-Drug Abuse Act, which imposed mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes.

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