A few weeks ago, Secretary Eric Holder suggested major changes in the criminal justice system, in a effort to reduce the prison population. The idea is to send offenders to rehab rather than to prison. This saves the Federal Government over 10 BILLION DOLLARS a year. And, it gives offenders TRUE rehabilitation, something that gives both them and society a better chance at success.
I am the mother of a 25 year old son who is about to go to prison in Illinois. My alcoholic son has 3 DUI’s and one possession charge. He was in rehab and doing fabulously well until he learned of his prison sentence. He checked out of rehab and went right back to drinking.
My hope is that Illinois, as well as all states follow Eric Holder’s prison release to rehab direction, and am hopeful this forum can start the ball rolling.
It is the only hope for my son, and maybe lots of other sons and daughters. We punish a disease…isn’t it time we start treating it?
Please feel free to leave a comment below. Do you think it would be a good idea for the criminal justice department to help alcoholics and drug addict criminals through sending them to rehab rather than prison?
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