Rehab Vs Jail


Drug-related crimes have been on the rise, resulting in jails and prisons becoming over-populated.  If you have committed a non-violent drug-related crime and facing criminal charges, there maybe a possibility of a court agreeing to drug rehabilitation instead of serving time in jail.  Rehab Vs Jail may save money for the state and actually help those who are addicted to substance.

Why Rehab?

  • 57% of people receiving drug rehab were re-arrested within a 12-month period compared to 75% for those who did not receive treatment.
  • 42% of people receiving rehab were convicted of crime compared to 65% who did not.

Alcohol and drug addiction are now classified as a disease and the legal system is a more appropriate to choose rehabilitation rather than incarceration.  The means that someone may be able to request to be admitted into a drug rehabilitation program instead of serving time in jail as long as it is a non-violent drug-related crime.

Each state has its own set of laws and penalties for drug crimes, drug rehab option is only available in the states that have laws that incorporate drug treatment options.  States that do allow for the drug rehab option may also have different requirements how to opt of drug rehab.  Some state have required that someone will have to enroll in a drug rehab program before releasing them from a jail sentence.  Some other court systems may have already set up a working relationship with local community rehab, in which the court will make the referral for the person.

Rehab is meant to have the person who is addicted to be helped in stopping the abuse of drugs and other substances.

Rehab Vs Jail


Incarcerating a person for a non-violent drug-related crime is a temporary action to keep them from committing crimes for their sentence.  But what is that person doing in jail while they serve?

Example, Shane, first-time offender, receives a five-year jail sentence for possession of marijuana.  During those five-years, Shane is spending time with a large population of men who also committed crimes.  Many of these inmates may have committed crimes that are considerably worse than Shane’s.  Shane is spending time with these men and has developed even worse criminal habits than he had before going into jail.  Once Shane is released after spending time with those criminals, it may be more difficult for him to function as a productive law abiding citizen in society.  Added to his addiction, there is possible chance for him ending up using drugs and alcohol to cope with life not behind bars.  The likelihood of Shane going back to jail is extremely high.

Rehab Vs Jail

Drug Court

Drug Courts is the most effective justice intervention for treating people are addicted to drugs.  This program reduces drug use and crime.  It also saves money, restores lives, and reunites families and children.

Eligibility for Drug Court varies according to state and local laws.  Some states have guidelines for Drug Courts and will not consider violent offenders.  Offenses involving victims, the consent of the victim and payment of restitution is mandatory.

Anyone sent to Drug Court will stay in treatment long enough for it to work, while being supervised closely for a minimum of one year.  They will be provided with intensive treatment and any other services that required them to get and stay clean.  They will be held accountable by the Drug Court judge for meeting their obligations to the court, society, their selves, and their families.  Regular and random drug tests and required to appear in court frequently so that judge may review their progress.  They will be rewarded for doing well or sanctioned when they do not maintain their obligations.

Rehab Vs Jail

Rehab Vs Jail is really not a hard decision.  Let’s nip it in the bud and get someone help before they are faced with these decisions!  Contact Bridgeway Behavioral Health today get the person you care about help now!  Call us at 866-758-1152 or visiting us online

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