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NCJ Number: 158394 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Treatment as Intermediate Penalty: Practical and Theoretical Issues
Author(s): M F Schiff; S Belenko
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: New York City Criminal Justice Agency, Inc
New York, NY 10007
Sale Source: New York City Criminal Justice Agency, Inc
52 Duane Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10007
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper explores the impact that the War on Drugs has had on jail and prison populations over the past few years.
Abstract: Prison overcrowding is due to the surge in jail and prison admissions, increasing sentence lengths, and mandatory sentencing laws; the problem cannot be solved through increased prison construction alone. This paper examines the types of sentences currently imposed on drug offenders, judicial perceptions of alternative sanctions for drug offenders, and the relationship between sentencing goals and sanctions imposed for drug offenders. The authors discuss how current dispositional options for drug offenders relate to the needs of the judiciary and the criminal justice system in general. The paper discusses barriers to the expansion of the use of drug treatment as a sentencing option, and other possible solutions. 4 figures, 4 tables, and 44 references
Main Term(s): Drug law offenses
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Drug offenders; Prison overcrowding
Note: DCC. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, CA, November 20-24, 1991.
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