If you could help thousands, would you?


  • Gunjan Bhardwaj


Every year, thousands are incarcerated for non-violent drug crimes. Rehabilitation can break the cycle of recidivism. This paper examines the benefits of rehabilitation as compared to traditional jail sentences for non-violent drug offenders. Current research on the injustice faced by non-violent drug offenders in the criminal justice system is limited. A literature review comprising research articles, case studies, meta-analyses, and reports shows that rehabilitation centres help integrate non-violent drug offenders back into society, and rehabilitative programs are both cheaper and more effective than prisons. The author considers counter-arguments (e.g., a prison sentence is just), but ultimately finds that prison systems are significantly less apt to reduce drug crime recidivism than rehabilitation centres, and may even increase the likelihood that a non-violent felon would reoffend. Experimental research on recidivism rates, rehabilitation centres and prisons is called for.




How to Cite

Bhardwaj, G. . (2021). If you could help thousands, would you? . Revue YOUR Review (York Online Undergraduate Research), 8. Retrieved from https://yourreview.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/yourreview/article/view/40554



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