Does Drug Abuse Lead to an Increase in Crime in New Jersey?


Created On: Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On: Wednesday, 13, November 2019

Most of the inmates in the New Jersey jails have a substance abuse problem. Most prisons will offer its inmates treatment while they are incarcerated. It has been proven that inmates who re-enter society after drug treatment will be less likely to commit crimes in the future. Some of the stats have shown that recently released inmates are more than 100 times likely to die from an opioid overdose than the general population. The opioid problem in the state has led to a crime problem. Unfortunately, this is a common cycle for many addicts, committing crimes to fuel their addictions. Within the state of New Jersey there is an entire prison devoted to treating inmates with addictions. The Mid-State Correctional Facility is a 696-bed facility that treats all types of drug addictions.

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More than 80% of the inmates in New Jersey prisons have an addiction and were under the influence of drugs when they committed their crimes. Drug rehabilitation provides a way out from their addiction and part of the reason why they committed the crime. Many of the primary addictions treated at the prison include alcohol, cocaine, tranquilizers, heroin, and other opioids. Inmates within the prison can receive anywhere from 7 to 28 hours of treatment a week. Many of these services were once only available towards the end of an inmate's sentence. Services are now available throughout an inmate's sentence and they remain in the program for the length of time they need to treat the addiction.

States such as Rhode Island and New Jersey are leading the way on inmate addiction treatment programs. Crime and addiction are devastating problems and lead to life-changing incidents created by the addiction. Too many inmates are in jail because of their addiction and the choices they made while on drugs. The opioid epidemic has been a contributing factor to the crimes being committed within the state. If you are struggling with addiction and are caught up in the criminal justice system, there are options you can explore.