5 Sources – Tabitha Corrao

For my research essay I will be examining alternate options for people who are caught abusing drugs. Hundreds of people every day are thrown into jail for abusing drugs and are not given the help they need to stop using the drugs.  Researchers have found that instead of throwing these people away in jail a better tactic is to tackle the root of the problem, drugs being misused. Studies have shown crime rates would decrease by providing these people with the medical help they need or putting the drug abusers through rehab instead of jail.  These alternate options also cost the taxpayers less money than it would for an inmate to stay in jail each year. The following resources will help me prove why alternate options for drug users would be a smart investment.

The Road to Recovery

Background: It’s about how to clean up drug related crimes. Governor of New York George Pataki and Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno said that instead of going after drug dealers law enforcers should go after the drug abusers and clean them up. It’s a different way to clean up the streets.

How I intend to use it:
I intend on showing how creditable people believe in other options other than jail.

A Different Road to Recovery.
http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=b0babc9b-c577-4efc-ae33-efe87910cb88%40sessionmgr15&vid=8&hid=108

Background: Researchers say that prescribing heroin to drug addicts will lower the crime rate. Their objective is to prescribe individuals with the drug and work with them.

How I intend to use it: I intend on showing how crime rates would decreased due to drug control.

Prison Facts
http://www.heartsandminds.org/prisons/facts.htm

Background: Facts about how much it cost taxpayers for an inmate to stay in jail each year.

How I intend to use it: This is to help prove that the cost of an inmate to stay in jail each year outweighs the cost of rehab.

Drug Rehabs .ORG
http://www.drug-rehabs.org/con/6200/The_cost_of_Drug_Rehabilitation/

Background: The cost of rehab and how long a person should stay in rehab(90 days).

How I intend to use it: This is to help prove that the cost of an inmate to stay in jail each year outweighs the cost of rehab.

Life After
http://lifeafter.drugfree.org/searchStory/default.aspx

Background: It’s a website where  people tell their stories about recovering from drug abuse.

How I intend to use it: I plan on showing how drug rehabs really do help people

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5 Responses to 5 Sources – Tabitha Corrao

  1. tcorrao says:

    Could I please have your feedback?

  2. davidbdale says:

    OK, Tabitha. Welcome back. I hope you’re ready to work. The next two weeks will be intense, then Spring break, then a more relaxed pace the rest of the way.

    I like the general topic, but it’s pretty broad. Maybe it can be narrowed and give you a chance to prove something that isn’t obvious. Let’s start by examining the claims you make in your proposal.

    Hundreds is a modest claim so it may be true, but who gets thrown into jail for abusing drugs exactly? Are you talking about possession charges? Are you talking about drug dealers? Do you mean people who are caught robbing or assaulting someone and who are also drug abusers? Or do you truly mean people who go to jail for abusing drugs? What is the name of that crime? What’s a customary sentence? Who prosecutes it?

    When you say the root of the problem is “drugs being misused,” are you sure you’ve gotten to the root? They’re jailed for misusing drugs, and the root problem is that they misused drugs? That leads me to believe you’re actually discussion perpetrators of other crimes the cause of which is drug abuse. Is this possible?

    What crime rates go down, Tabitha? The crime of drug abuse? Or does getting criminals off drugs prevent them from committing other crimes, like robbing people to pay for drugs?

    What sort of medical help gets people to stop abusing drugs? Rehab instead of jail I understand. Is that one example of medical treatment, or is it the only example of medical treatment?

    You can call your approaches alternatives, or you can call them options, but you probably shouldn’t call them both, Tabitha.

    Your first link didn’t work at all, so I did my own search based on the few clues you gave us and found something with Pataki and the Road to Recovery in it. I’m not sure I found your source. Please make sure your links are working, and use the technique of linking to a title, as I have demonstrated (twice in class, and once in your post here.)

    I will rephrase your first source description as a model, Tabitha. It’s intrusive, I know, but I don’t want you to wonder what it is I’m asking for. If I can’t model clarity and specificity, I can’t expect you to do it. I may have to invent some details to do the job right:

    Background: The article makes the case that money and police resources are wasted tracking down drug dealers. Jails are full of dealers but the amount of drug abuse never improves and new dealers step in to sell to addicts when convicted dealers go to jail. Governor of New York George Pataki and Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno propose a concerted effort to eliminate drug use, therefore eliminating the market for drugs and putting the dealers out of business.

    How I intend to use it: This article not only supports my thesis, in effect it is my thesis. The rest of the evidence I gather will support the logic of Pataki and Bruno’s program. My contribution to the argument will be to organize supporting data to convince skeptics that the plan has a chance of succeeding, more quickly, and for less money, than jailing dealers, which is both fruitless and expensive.

    That was longer than I expected it to be, but I wanted to make a couple of points for you there about your particular thesis.

    For the rest of your sources, and in your White Paper, Tabitha, be very careful to specify what “crime rate” will go down. What crimes are reduced by prescribing heroin to addicts? The crime of possessing heroin, or something more meaningful?

    Be sure to make meaningful comparisons. Comparing the annual cost of jail to the annual cost of rehab is mostly irrelevant. What’s a year got to do with anything?

    Be careful of your sources. Drugfree.org has a serious vested interest in telling heartwarming success stories of successful rehabilitation.

    Useful, Tabitha? Too much? Get back to me please.

  3. tcorrao says:

    Thank you for your comments. They definitely are helpfully but I’m having problems the white paper.

  4. davidbdale says:

    Really wish you had responded to this feedback, Tabitha.

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