The high cost of imprisoning drug crime offenders

Missouri Chief Justice William Price recently called into question his state’s drug crime policy. Missouri, like North Carolina and all other states, focuses predominately on incarceration and prison to fight the drug war, rather than on treatment and job skills training.

As a result:

“The problem is that we are following a broken strategy of cramming inmates into prisons and not providing the type of drug treatment and job training that is necessary to break their cycle of crime,” Price said. “Any normal business would have abandoned this failed practice years ago, and it is costing us our shirts.”

North Carolina does have some drug diversion programs, which do focus on treatment, but those programs are fairly limited.

If you have been arrested for either a misdemeanor or felony drug crime, give me a call and I can discuss whether North Carolina’s drug diversion program would work in your case.

Damon Chetson

Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.