Law enforcement officers know that the best solution for criminal acts isn’t always to put the criminal in jail. Yes, there are times when people may become safer because of someone being put behind bars, but in the vast majority of low-risk drug offenders’ cases, going to jail is something that isn’t helping. Instead of getting the help and therapy needed, they’re being locked away from the very things that could help in society. With these changes, it could be easier for people like yourself to work with attorneys to find the fair solution to their charges.
A group of 130 law enforcement officials have come together to discuss unnecessary incarceration and what it means to those who have low-risk crimes keeping them in jail or prison. Many times, the group agrees, these people end up in prison because of mental illness or addiction, and those are things that can be treated with the right kind of care.
Would keeping these alleged criminals out of jail help? The Law Enforcement Leaders coalition co-chair thinks it would. By helping these offenders in a different way, the public can still be kept safe. Instead of locking away the unstable or mentally ill, the group of officials has called for more alternatives to arrest. Things like mental health and drug treatments, for instance, could open the door to saving a person’s future instead of losing a future to addiction or mental health issues combined with a prison sentence.
The group is expected to meet with the President of the United States to discuss their options; they pointed out issues like having to give the same mandatory minimum sentences to offenders of different levels, and want to make a change.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, “Baltimore police chief joins push for end to ‘unnecessary incarceration’,” Kevin Rector, Oct. 21, 2015