Breaking the cycle of drug addiction and crime

2019-03-02 07:10:04

By Peter Aldhous in San Francisco US PRISONS are trapped in a cycle of drug-related crime. About half of the nation’s 2.2 million jail inmates meet clinical criteria for drug or alcohol dependence, while the majority of state or federal inmates regularly used drugs prior to their incarceration. Even worse, most drug-dependent criminals are released back into society with the same problems that got them locked up in the first place. Clearly, the punitive jail regime that sees few of these prisoners treated for their addiction is not working. This week, however, may mark a turning point. On Monday,