Essay on Substance Abuse And Crime Prevention Act

1597 Words Mar 18th, 2015 7 Pages
In November of 2000, over 60 percent of California voters approved the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act, a statute designed to aid non-violent drug offenders (“California Proposition 36”). Under Proposition 36, individuals convicted of non-violent drug offenses are offered probation and community-based treatment programs, in lieu of incarceration (“California Proposition 36”). The concept behind the proposition is commendable, but also very controversial. In terms of eligibility and qualification requirements for Proposition 36, the authors of the statue were quite clear. For example, Proposition 36 specifically defines a non-violent drug offense as one involving being under the influence of or possessing or transporting any of the drugs listed in the United States Controlled Substance Act (“California Proposition 36”). Common examples of these drugs include cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, marijuana, codeine, and phencyclidine. Also, it should be noted that simply because one’s crime qualifies for Proposition 36 treatment, does not necessarily mean that they are eligible to receive it. To be eligible to receive treatment, the convicted offender must have no prior “strike” or serious felony conviction, must not have been convicted at the time of their arrest for another non drug related crime, and must not have been in the possession of a deadly firearm or weapon (“California Proposition 36”). Additionally, one can be disqualified from Proposition 36 treatment if they…

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