Alternatives to Incarceration for Drug-Related Offences

Every year the size of prison population is growing throughout the world, placing enormous financial burden on states. On the other hand, it has now been found that incarceration is inadequate to achieve desirable outcomes, especially with regards to drug use (i.e. reducing its scale); rather, incarceration is harming to offenders as well as their families and public in general in long-term perspective. Studies have shown that incarceration rarely plays a positive role in rehabilitation of an individual. Instead, it promotes criminalization of individuals, prompts the cycle of repeat crimes and repeat arrests, which has an opposite effect on reducing the size of prison population and building a safe society.   

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