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When will the US drop the use of jail time for drug abuse? When will we get a clue that it does not work and that drug addicts buy drugs inside jails far easier than they do out of them?

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Lindsay Lohan violated parole. The prosecution asked for 30 days jail time. Lindsay cried and pleaded for mercy from the judge. The judge awarded Lindsay with 90 days jail time and another 90 days in a probationary rehab program for her performance.

Whats wrong with this picture? First, if Lindsay Lohan had been your average Lindsay Smith, she would probably not have been given such a tough sentence. It was unfair. She was used as an example by the judge. Secondly, does jail time help anything?

No, American jails are failing and they are failing miserably. Especially for people who are fighting with addiction and sobriety. Our jail system system helps make much harder criminals than the ones that went in. Expect to see a nasty, bitter, more messed up Lindsay come out of our jails than went through the doors.

When will the US drop the use of jail time for drug abuse? When will we get a clue that it does not work and that drug addicts buy drugs inside jails far easier than they do out of them?

Our justice system is a mockery of its former self. We are using it it to store criminals away from the public eye so that we don’t see the dirt and sin of the crime. I once had an aunt who had the same policy. She believed that her children didn’t do drugs or drink or drive without a license. She had an image in her minds eye of the perfect, law abiding children. Of course her children were big boozers and popped every pill they could get their rich little hands on. They stole from stores for the sheer joy and exhilaration of the crime. They drove recklessly and without a license and most often with pure alcohol coursing through their veins. They were bad kinds evolving into bad adults. But my aunt lived in a world of blinders. She didn’t want to see the actions of her spoiled children. She believed that if you didn’t see it and you didn’t talk about it, then it didn’t exist. My aunt is just like our justice system.

Certainly murderers, child molesters and other truly hardened criminals belong in prison. They belong in a prison without computers, exercise programs led by Jane Fonda, and without all of the joys and liberties of life on the outside. But for the wayward soul who is lost in a world of chemical abuse, prison is not the answer. And in the end prison will do more damage than good and create a much wiser, Wiley Coyote of a criminal for us all to deal with on release day.

Lindsay needs to find help herself. She needs to know that she is worth something. That she has personal value and that she is loved and can love in return. She needs to find herself and get on a healthy path towards a successful life once again. She is a symbol for much of our youth and for our sick system of cyclic abuse – punishment – and worse abuse.

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