There is a wide host of controversial topics to talk about, but when you include drugs, addicts, incarceration, and the law into the conversation, things have a tendency to get heated pretty quickly. Most everybody has a different opinion on the matter of the law and drugs. Is it a wasted cause to put so much money into hunting down cartel leaders or incarcerating people for the simple fact that they’re carrying illegal substances?
Perhaps the reason why the problem hasn’t been solved is because there is no easy answer. Humans are complex, as are their motives for doing things. When you add money, or a dependency on a substance into the equation, things get even more complicated. Is incarcerating addicts a wasted cause? Well, here are some things to think about regarding the subject:
What’s the Motive Behind It All?
You might already have a carefully crafted option on whether or not you think that people should be put in jail for being in possession of illegal drugs. Who knows if anybody is going to come to an agreement on the matter in this life, but what people can look at is the motive behind it all. Why do people feel the need to do drugs? Is it a brain disorder or a behavioral issue? When you can quantify the motive behind the action, you can then better choose whether somebody deserves to go to jail or not.
Would the Money Be Better Spent Elsewhere
The United States has the highest incarceration rate out of any country. It also has an extremely high crime rate, and spends more money on their inmates than on college students. It’s a strange disparity that the need for justice would cost more money than educating students to go out and make something of themselves.
Obviously, there is a problem that needs to be addressed, and there is no doubt that the money being spent on inmates would be better spent in other places, but for right now, it’s just the way that it is. How do you think the money could be better spent? How do you keep your citizens in line while enforcing rules that are going to benefit everybody?
Is It Causing Harm or Good?
This question is rather loaded. The prison system is good because nobody wants evil people walking the streets. At the same time, when a majority of the people in jail are in jail because of petty crimes, is that causing more harm than good to the economy as a whole?
Prison could be good for addicts because it forces them to detox and stop what they’re doing, plus it keeps them from sliding into a lifestyle that is bad for them. However, in jail, they’re also around less than choice people, and they’re not learning how to live in the real world…the questions are evident. What’s the real answer?