Substance Crime Penalty Should Not Dangerous Substance Related Incidents

1086 Words Jan 15th, 2016 null Page
Substance Crime Penalties
In an effort to help curb dangerous substance related incidents, I would recommend a Federal mandate dictating how possession, OWI, and DUI charges are handled. The mandate would transform current penalties for each of these into more productive sentences. This policy would help prevent relapse and, in turn, recurring incarceration. This mandate would also help protect those who could be directly affected by the actions of those with substance abuse issues. This change to the justice system where substance laws are concerned would be beneficial to both the offenders and society.
The mandate would transform current penalties for each of these into more productive sentences. Firstly, this mandate would change the severity of substance crimes. Possession and first offense possession with intent would be considered infractions. Further possession with intent charges could be either an infraction or a misdemeanor. First offense DUI and OWI would be considered misdemeanor offenses while further offenses would always be considered felony charges. For non-violent offenders, this mandate would offer alternatives for offenders with possession and public intoxication charges. These alternatives would be community service equivalent to the base fine at the rate of the federal minimum wage or rehabilitation treatment for a period based on the discretion of the assigned physician. Offenders of these infractions who are parents or guardians of minors would be…

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