Substance Abuse And Crime

Substance abuse is highly recognized by the justice system. With the growing opiate epidemic in the United States, we are seeing a higher concentration of drug related crime. It is reported that over 80 percent of inmates have abused substances in the past. Over 50 percent are clinically addicted to drugs or alcohol while incarcerated, and nearly 60 percent tested positive at the time of arrest.

Many violations involve trafficking, manufacturing, money (to obtain substances), or impairment. This contributes to the terms set in place by the legal system for probationers.

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Common Terms Of Probation

When a crime is committed, probation may be ruled after, or in lieu of incarceration. When someone is placed on probation, certain restrictions are in place for a set period of time. This time is monitored by an officer, who is in charge of overseeing the probationer’s progress. Regular drug screenings are common in most probation situations.

Violation of these terms are grounds for revoked probation, continuation of suspended sentencing, and fines.

To uphold a probationary sentence, probationers may be required to maintain:

  • Overall good behavior
  • Restitution payments
  • Avoidance of certain people/places
  • Community service
  • A job
  • Possible part-time jail nights/weekends
  • Drug/alcohol counseling, group therapy, or rehabilitation
  • Interlock ignition device (breathalyzer) for multiple DUI convictions
  • Domestic violence prevention classes
  • Remain in the country, state, county, or home

Rehab during probation can be beneficial and necessary in many cases. If you have questions regarding rehab and probation, the caring staff at Vertava Health is here to help. We can connect you with resources, and answer any questions you have about relapse prevention. Contact us today.

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