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Drug Addiction and Criminality: Alternative Sentencing Options

Posted on: June 28, 2007 at 6:20 a.m.

The obvious and sad reality is that addiction often leads to criminal behavior including theft, drug sales, DUI, and other more serious violations. There are numerous drug programs in Southern California, in-patient and out-patient, available to treat drug and alcohol addiction. Often the Criminal Law Blog has used these programs as an alternative to jail or prison for clients in custody, as part of the Alternative Sentecing scheme available under California law which includes Deferred Entry of Judgement, Proposition 36, and Drug Diversion. While keeping clients out of jail is the Law Blog's main objective, we are also concerned about recidivism -- to prevent clients from relapsing and being rearrested. Accordingly, we counsel clients to take their rehabilitation seriously, and to be committed to change with a sponsor, a dedication to the 12-step lifestyle, and seeing a therapist on a regular basis. Finally, the following website provides a good introduction to addiction and treatment information http://web4health.info/

Tagged as: drug addiction and treatment, drug crimes defense, probation and sentencing laws

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amyn on September 24, 2009 at 8:11 a.m. wrote:

Without people getting punished and sent into <a href="http://www.ecstasyaddiction.com/" title="drug rehab" rel="nofollow">drug rehab</a> i fear that this country is eventually going to end up like many other third world countries. Drugs and alcohol are dangerous and can kill many people and that will hurt our economy


Elise Podsadecki (UCLA Comm 13 on June 8, 2009 at 1:46 p.m. wrote:

Drug and/or alcohol addiction are now understood as actual diseases. They can be extremely difficult to overcome and then to maintain, and easy to fall back into. A person convicted of a crime fueled by such an addiction for the first time needs training and assistance in battling their addiction to prevent related crimes in the future, rather than a prison sentence. Without the proper tools and skills necessary to understand and fight the disease, they will likely return to the environments in which they were exposed to drugs and/or alcohol and will fall back into their drug habits. However, in order to get better they need to want to and be willing to get help. Like the blog states, they must demonstrate a commitment to actively working to overcome their addiction. A good tactic to employ in the presence of a jury would be to crawl into the hide of the defendant and make the jury understand what it is like to feel hopelessly addicted, desperate, and to truly believe that resorting to criminal behavior is their only option. If effectively appealed to the human side of the jury members, they may agree that giving the defendant a second chance through a rehabiliation program is a far better alternative. However, if attempt(s) to rehabilitate have been unsuccessful and the person shows a consistent pattern of relapse into drugs and criminal behavior, there has to be a limit. A second chance is reasonable to ask, but maybe not a third or fourth, per se, pending the circumstances.









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