Research on drug addiction makes it plain it is a disease. At the same time, possession of the drugs is illegal and therefore a crime. As drug addictions rise and convictions for drug use and other drug-related crimes lead to prison overcrowding, what is the solution?
Goldstein identifies three main types of drug-related crime: (1) psychopharmacologically driven crime, (2) systemic crime, and (3) economically compulsive crime.
In your main post:
- Provide two specific examples of the behaviors of criminals that may be associated with an offender’s substance abuse.
- Identify each example as one of the tripartite conceptual model types of drug-related crimes.
- Explain whether the criminals in your examples should be sent to a regular court and be jailed or sent to drug court and receive treatment.