Drug Treatment Can Stop Jailhouse Revolving Door

Drug Treatment Can Stop Jailhouse Revolving Door
Posted by FoM on June 04, 2000 at 16:43:17 PT
Letter To The Editor By Chris Canter
Source: San Francisco Examiner
Your article "Drug reforms would keep users jail-free" (May 28) was dramatic evidence of the need to provide drug treatment. Each of the men and women featured in the story is participating in a comprehensive program run by San Francisco's Walden House. 
For 30 years, Walden House has worked with tens of thousands of men, women and children to overcome addiction and its associated problems. The objective: to provide each person with the self-esteem and foundation necessary to lead a healthy life free of drugs and crime. There is a growing realization that warehousing inmates in jail or prison cells serves neither the individual nor society well. The vast majority eventually return to their community. If addicted, they will resort to crime to support their habit. Treatment greatly reduces recidivism and gives individuals the opportunity to become taxpayers, as well to serve as positive role models to their children and families - but only if we commit ourselves to providing the resources necessary for people to effect real change in their lives. At Walden House we know this is possible. Our staff and many of our alumni dedicate their lives to helping others stop using drugs and become positive members of society. The proposed Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000 (on the state ballot in November) is critically important to all of us. Chris Canter San Francisco Published: June 4, 20002000 San Francisco Examiner  Page C18 Related Article & Web Sites:Drug Reforms Would Keep Users Jail-Free Campaign For New Drug Policy Text: Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000
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