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Drug Treatment Programs for Prisoners

criminal1-150x150There are approximately 60,000 inmates in New York state prisons that require drug treatment or drug counseling. If given drug treatment or drug counseling, these men and women will have a greater opportunity to live drug free when they are released from prison.

The New York State Department of Corrections recently conducted a three year study of drug treatment and alcohol treatment programs available to prisoners in New York State. The results of the study were that New York prisons are providing no treatment, or extremely poor treatment, to the 60,000 prisoners in the system who need these services.

Drug and Alcohol Deficiencies

The New York state prison system does not screen prisoners based on their drug and alcohol problems. Some prisoners need intensive programs, while others need less intensive programs. There is no way to ascertain this information. This causes a waste of valuable resources.

Overcoming Drug and Alcohol Problems

In addition to the screening for the severity of drug or alcohol abuse, the prisoners must also be screened as to their level of motivation to help themselves deal with these issues. Overcoming drug and alcohol addictions requires motivated individuals. When prisoners finish their sentences, there should be follow up treatment programs in their local communities. This will help prevent recidivism. It is much less expensive to treat an individual for alcohol or drug addiction than to house him or her in prison at the taxpayers expense.

The treatment programs should be based on a three phased system. Programs should start with the six month residential treatment program. During the course of this program, the prisoner should live in separate dorm facilities than the general population. Thereafter, they should be integrated into the general population of the prison. After being released from prison, there should be follow up treatment programs.

Alcohol and drug addiction are society’s problems. Warehousing individuals who suffer from these addictions is much more expensive then treating them.

Criminal Attorneys

Our office provides aggressive legal representation for individuals charged with the following criminal offenses: drug offenses; domestic violence; misdemeanors; felonies; assault and battery; juvenile defense; shoplifting; burglary; driving while intoxicated (DWI); weapons possession; sex crimes; white collar crimes and violent crimes. In addition, we assist our clients in obtaining bail and in dealing with traffic tickets. Contact us for a free consultation.

Not Your Average Domestic Violence Case

phones1-150x150An unnamed woman had previously claimed in New York that her boyfriend called her more than 300 times from jail. She testified to this before a grand jury. The purpose of the phone calls were to intimidate her into refusing to testify against him at the time of trial.

The case is entitled People v. Smith. It is pending in Brooklyn before Justice D’Emic.

Grand Jury Testimony To Be Used At Trial

The woman involved was so intimated by these phone calls and the treats made in these phone calls that she is no longer willing to cooperate with the district attorney and testify at trial.

Although the principal means by which the credibility of witnesses is tested is cross-examination, there will be no cross examination in the trial of Daryl Smith. The woman who has accused him will not be testifying. Her grand jury testimony will instead be read into the records.

Judge D’Emic has stated the “the law recognizes that when an accused procures the silence of a witness against him he should not be permitted to gain from his wrong.” The judge also stated “the court has been shown by clear and convincing evidence that the wrong doing of the defendant has caused the victim to stop cooperating with the prosecution.”

Mr. Smith will be tried without any witnesses testifying against him. Only the grand jury minutes of his accusers testimony will be submitted to the jury.

Our office is experienced in handling all types of criminal cases, including domestic violence, misdemeanors, felonies, juvenile defense, bail, white collar crime and DWI’s. Call us if you need assistance at 1-800-344-6431 or contact us be email.

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