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.
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.
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.
3. Prison Facts
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.
Background: This is a Statute from New Jersey’s Code of Criminal Justice. The statute talks about drug dealer’s liability and the different types of offenses.
How I intend to use it: I intend on using this statute to show that there are different kind of drug offenders. I plan on showing that drug offenders are not only drug dealer but drug dealers as well.
5. Life After
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
Background: This website is about drug rehabs. It helps people find out what specific rehab they should be in.
How I plan to use it: I plan on using some of the facts on given on the page to support how drug rehab does work for people.
Background: This website is all about the DTAP and facts how the DTAP exactly works for drug offenders. It compares people who participate in programs like DTAP to people who are put in jail.
How I plan to use it: I plan on using the website to support my thesis because it explains all my reasons why programs like DTAP should be exist around the country.
Background: This is a Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). It’s a report on how many people did not complete rehab and why they didn’t.
How I plan to use it: I plan on using this information to show why rehab does always work. (for my rebuttal paper)
Background: This website explains what the DTAP is and who they help. It also gives facts about how the program is successful.
How I plan to use it:I plan on using this information to support what kind of “drug offenders” are aloud to take advantage of this program.
Background: This article gives more information about DTAP, like how people who fail to complete the program go to jail. It also explains how beneficial DTAP is.
How I plan to use it: I plan on using the information to explain DTAP and also to support how DTAP is successful.
Background: This article explains how DTAP would save taxpayers money and reduce the crime rate.
How I plan to use it:I plan on using this to support one of my reason how programs like DTAP are beneficial to everyone.
Background: This website is all about DTAP like where it began and what their purpose is.
How I plan to use it: I plan on using it to explain DTAP so my read get a better understanding what the program does.
Background: This article gives good statics about DTAP. It also explains how the program saves taxpayers money and helps drug offenders with their addictions.
How I plan to use it: I plan on using the statics about DTAP to put numbers to how really beneficial DTAP is.
Background: The website is the DTAP in Brooklyn. It also explains how the program saves money, improves public safety, and reduces drug abuse.
How I plan to use it: I plan on using this information to support my thesis of how programs like DTAP are more beneficial rather than jail-time.
Background: This website explains the program’s procedures and who qualifies to get into the program.
How I plan to use it: I plan on using this information to explain what kind of drug offenders qualify for the program.