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Imprisonment should provide with rehabilitation, therefore I think orisoners with a drug-dependency problem should receive the adequate treatment, if prison authorities fail to do so it could be counterproductive, both for the prison system itself and for the community, if the prisoner returns to his/her community unrehabilitated and unprepared for life on the outside. Human Rights Watch has published a very interesting article about New York inmates with substance use problems and the way the system is dealing with them.


You heard them correctly -- see 18 U.S.C. ยง3582(a) ("The court, in determining whether to impose a term of imprisonment ... shall consider the factors set forth in section 3553 (a) to the extent that they are applicable, recognizing that imprisonment is not an appropriate means of promoting correction and rehabilitation.")

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