BREAK OUT: Prisons and drug offenders (INFOGRAPHIC)

Why are there are so many addicts behind bars? We explore the relationship between substance abuse and imprisonment visually in this exclusive infographic. We also offer alternatives to prison terms for drug use sentences. BREAK OUT of outdated thinking and join us here!

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One in every one hundred U.S. citizens is now confined in jail or prison – a majority of which are confined due to behaviors relating to drug use. But imprisonment has little effect on alcohol and drug abuse.

So why are there are so many addicts behind bars?

BREAK OUT: Prisons and drug offenders (INFOGRAPHIC)

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In our latest infographic “Break Out”, we explore how jail time and substance related offenses are related.  And we offer a solution as an alternative to jail: drug courts and addiction recovery programs to deter recidivism and to encourage addicts to live productive lives that are drug and alcohol free.

Main points include:

  • Why they’ll lock you up
  • How many people in prison abuse drugs or alcohol
  • How crime is related to drug and alcohol use
  • Why imprisonment has little effects on alcohol and drug abuse

Take a look at this infographic to discover key points and the connection between alcohol abuse, drug abuse, and jail. We believe that locking people up will not solve the problem. What do you think?

Notable statistics:

  • Most inmates are in prison, at least in large part, because of alcohol and drugs.
  • According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), 37% of almost 2 million convicted offenders currently in jail, report that they were drinking at the time of their arrest.
  • 80% of offenders abuse drugs or alcohol.
  • Nearly 50% of jail and prison inmates are clinically addicted.
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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