You have made some mistakes involving drugs while living in Wisconsin. While you want to make amends, you may not feel that going to prison is the best way for you to get the help you need as you repay your debt.

The Pew Charitable Trusts explains how imprisonment fails to lower drug problems. Could you receive better help in a treatment program rather than stay behind bars?

The findings

During the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, drug offenders suffered longer prison sentences. Despite the efforts to crack down on drug use, what happened instead was that prison spending increased exponentially without lowering the overall rate of repeat drug offenses. Additionally, even with the conviction of a lower-level offender, there was another street dealer or drug mule to take that person’s place, which did little to ultimately keep drugs out of public circulation.

More effective alternative

Rather than spend time and waste taxpayer money in prison, someone in your position could be better served by completing a drug treatment program. That way, you better understand what led you to your drug conviction in the first place, such as an existing disorder.

Drug courts are another option for drug offenders. This option proves effective for offenders who have serious drug addictions. Both drug treatment programs and drug court go a long way in reducing the overall cost of incarceration and lowering the overall chances of a person returning to a life of crime after prison release.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.