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Monday, June 20, 2005

Prison Reform for Drug Users

Maternal and Child Health has an interesting article on why increased rehab services, as opposed to long prison, are not available for those who suffer from alchol and drug dependance.  The answer relates partially to the the prison guard lobbying.  The post reads,

Alex  at Marginal Revolution argues that it in California, at least, one reason that users go to prison instead of getting drug treatment is lobbying by prison guard unions. The guards apparently view drug treatment as competition.

The prison guard unions typically have monopolies and do lobby for tougher sentences.  The California Correctional Peace Officers Association, for example, has spent millions shamelessly creating a front of victim’s rights groups who campaign against drug rehabilitation programs instead of jail, revising the three strikes law, and reducing sentences.

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